Dubai Health Authority to start treating coronavirus patients with blood plasma

Dubai Health Authority to start treating coronavirus patients with blood plasma
Dubai Health Authority (DHA) announced on Sunday that it will start using blood plasma from recovered coronavirus patients to treat critical COVID-19 cases. (File/Shutterstock)
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Updated 12 April 2020

Dubai Health Authority to start treating coronavirus patients with blood plasma

Dubai Health Authority to start treating coronavirus patients with blood plasma
  • Doctors believe the plasma of patients who have completely recovered from COVID-19 is rich in antibodies that can fight off the virus
  • When such plasma is injected into another person with the disease, it will recognize the virus as something to attack

DUBAI: Dubai Health Authority (DHA) announced on Sunday that it will start using blood plasma from recovered coronavirus patients to treat critical COVID-19 cases after the UAE announced that it will adopt this treatment method.
The treatment, known as convalescent plasma therapy, will be adopted sometime this week.
Dr. Younis Kazim, the CEO of Dubai Healthcare Corporation at the DHA, said that the authority has introduced the protocol for convalescent plasma therapy at hospitals in Dubai to prevent the spread of the virus.
He added that a number of specialized doctors from the DHA have put in place protocols for using convalescent plasma therapy based on international standards. They have also outlined rules and guidelines to specify who can make plasma donations and who is eligible to receive this treatment.
Kazim also said that the DHA took this step after international medical results found that once a person recovers from the virus, they develop antibodies that will stay in their blood to fight it.
Doctors believe the plasma of patients who have completely recovered from COVID-19 is rich in antibodies that can fight off the virus. They belive that when such plasma is injected into another person with the disease, it will recognize the virus as something to attack.
He added that the US Food and Drug Administration revealed that it was scientifically proven that the use of convalescent plasma therapy helped speed up the recovery of COVID-19 patients and decreased the number of days they spent in hospital.