The Minister for Health, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng has today September 16, launched the randomized clinical trial for use of convalescent plasma for treatment of COVID-19 in Uganda, at a ceremony held at the Makerere University Main Hall.
This, health officials said, has come about after a thorough study by the College of Health Sciences under the leadership of Prof William Bazeyo.
Scientists define convalescent plasma as plasma from individuals who have recovered from an infection and it may contain antibodies against that infection.
The Ministry of Health noted that so far, a total of 162 Covid-19 convalescent plasma units have been collected. This can therefore be used to treat 65 patients.
“The start of the trial will determine the efficacy of convalescent plasma in treating COVID-19,” said Dr. Aceng.
According to Dr Bruce Kirenga, the head of Makerere University Lung Institute, 186 recovered Covid-19 patients willingly consented to participate in the blood donation, but only 162 qualified.
“These donors came from all parts of Uganda except Karamoja region, where there was no Covid19 infection at the time,” Dr. Kirenga said.
Currently, Uganda has a total of 2,333 cumulative Ugandan recoveries to date.