Main Campus – On Wednesday, 16th September 2020,
the Ministry of Health announced the use of plasma in COVID-19 treatment in
Uganda, a project funded by the government.
Hon. Dr Jane Ruth
Aceng, Minister of Health, unveiled the new development at Makerere University.
The clinical trials are set to start on Thursday, 17th September 2020, at
Mulago National Referral Hospital.
Hon. Aceng noted that much
as there is no COVID-19 cure yet, the addition of plasma to the treatment
regimen will go a long way in reducing the mortality due to the virus.
According to Dr. Bruce
Kirenga, the principal investigator in the use of COViD-19 Convalescent Plasma
(CCP) as an investigational drug, they were able to collect 162 units of plasma
but only 127 are viable and will be used during the first trial.
Hon. Aceng added that
with time, they will roll out the treatment protocol to regional referrals and
other COVID-19 treatment centres.
While other developed
countries like the US are already using it, Uganda becomes the third country in
Africa to use plasma in COVID-19 treatment; the other two being South Africa