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DHA to launch 3 clinics to collect plasma from recovered Covid-19 patients

According to the DHA, an individual patient can donate up to three dosages of plasma, which can save up to three lives

DHA to launch 3 clinics to collect plasma from recovered Covid-19 patients

Dubai is launching three clinics to collect convalescent plasma from recovered coronavirus patients, the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) announced on Wednesday.

According to the DHA, an individual patient can donate up to three dosages of plasma, which can save up to three lives.

Dr. Younis Kazim, CEO of the Dubai Healthcare Corporation at DHA, said that the therapy can speed up recoveries by as much as 90 percent.

In Gulf News, Dr. Kazim was quoted as saying that the plasma of recovered Covid-19 patients is full of antibodies that can be used to boost the immune systems of other coronavirus patients.

“The blood plasma is collected from a recovered Covid-19 patient, who has passed 14 days since recovery and had two consecutive negative results for coronavirus by PCR,” Dr. Kazim said. “A final test will be conducted after he completes this period before the patient can donate blood plasma.”

“Those with chronic disease and patients who suffered from severe symptoms when they had the virus will be excluded from donation,” the doctor added.

Additionally, Dr. Kazim said that the DHA will work with the Abu Dhabi Stem Cell Centre to introduce stem cell therapy to Dubai after receiving approvals and conducting the necessary testing.

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