Philippine Hospitals to Launch Plasma Therapy for COVID-19 Patients

Positive results from the first trials of Philippine General Hospital’s convalescent plasma therapy programs for COVID-19 patients have encouraged more hospitals to try the same.

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Health Undersecretary Ma. Rosario Vergeire announced last Saturday that St. Luke’s Medical Center would be the first to follow suit in using the plasma procedure. Global experts and the World Health Organization have previously called the approach “very valid.”

Ayon sa St. Luke’s, kinakitaan nila na patuloy ang pagbuti ng kondisyon ng mga pasyenteng sumailalim sa convalescent plasma therapy. Dagdag pa ng pamunuan ng hospital, na handa silang ibigay ang serbisyong ito sa ibang hospital, para matulungan ang ibang hospital para maisagawa ang convalescent plasma procedure,” Vergeire said in a virtual press briefing.

[According to St. Luke’s, they saw continuous progress in the conditions of patients who underwent convalescent plasma therapy. The hospital management added that they’re ready to perform the service for other hospitals so that they can also use the procedure.]

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Plasma donations given to St. Luke’s will be used for the treatment of severe or critically ill COVID-19 patients. The Lung Center of the Philippines has also put out a call for plasma donations from COVID-19 survivors.

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