Almost a dozen Jamaicans have responded to a call to donate plasma from their blood to assist the fight against Covid-19.
That’s the word from a team at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Mona.
The team is playing its part in helping to fight the virus by using blood plasma in what’s being described as a “safe” and “potentially lifesaving” treatment.
It’s called Convalescent Plasma Therapy. So far, there have been at least 11 donors in the trial.
Nationwide’s Brithney Clarke spoke with one of the donors and two of the doctors behind the initiative
Convalescent plasma therapy uses blood from people who’ve recovered from an illness to help others recover.
Convalescent plasma therapy may help people recover from COVID-19.
It may lessen the severity or shorten the length of the disease.
Earlier this year, the US Food and Drug Administration, FDA, authorized convalescent plasma therapy for people with coronavirus disease .
The FDA is allowing its use during the pandemic because there’s no approved treatment for COVID-19.
And back home there are Jamaicans who’ve been responding to the call for them to donate blood plasma after recovering from the potentially deadly virus.
Our news centre caught up with Shawn Wenzel, Jamaica’s first donor and the first local repeat donor.
Head of the Department of Anesthesiology & Intensive Care, Dr. Kelvin Metalor, also spoke with our news centre and gave some insight on how the Convalescent Plasma Therapy works.
Dr. Metalor is urging patients who’ve recovered from COVID-19 and wish to be a part of the trial to call the University Hospital and prepare to undergo screening to test their eligibility to donate.
And, Consultant Pathologist, Haemotologist, and Oncologist at the UHWI, Dr. Magdaline Nwokocha, says the trial is a significant step in the fight against COVID-19.
Brithney Clarke for Nationwide News.