Octogenarian suffering from COVID-19 recovers

SHILLONG, Oct 24: An octogenarian who was suffering from COVID-19 admitted in North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) recovered from the viral infection.

NEIGRIHMS, Director, Prof (Dr), P Bhattacharya informed that the patient H. K. Lounghani 87 did not have comorbities.

Prof Bhattacharya said that the patient was not able to cope up with his oxygenation so he was taken to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

He tested positive for the virus on September 29.

“Initially he was on ventilator, after some time he was treated with Remdesivir, Ivermectin as part of his treatment,” Prof Bhattacharya.

The NEIGRIHMS director also informed that the patient was also given plasma therapy. He said that some limited role of plasma therapy was given to improve certain segments. According to him, they went ahead with the plasma therapy and improvement in the patients was seen in two days even as oxygen support was taken off.

“One month with COVID in an ICU does reduce the strength but we expect him to be fully active as he was before,” Prof Bhattacharya said.

He also informed that NEIGRIHMS collects plasma that has high anti-bodies.

It may be mentioned that the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) study found no benefits of convalescent plasma therapy for Covid-19 patients.

The finding of the study has been cited as one of the reasons the National Task Force is considering removing plasma therapy from the standard COVID-19 treatment protocol.

The NEIGRIHMS Director also informed that plasma therapy is not the only cure for COVID-19, the study by ICMR was the best that can be done but even now it is accepted that more studies are needed.