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The Health Ministry’s immunity study on patients who have recovered from Covid-19 is crucial to know how long antibodies built up against the virus can last in a person’s body, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said today.

Referring to the immunity study which he had earlier asked for volunteers from recovered Covid-19 patient to join, Dr Noor Hisham said blood samples will be taken and the medical history and experience of patients who underwent treatment would also be studied.

“And we will look at the effectiveness, that is the antibodies response in the patient’s body, whether this antibody will remain or whether the antibodies will deteriorate after treatment,” he said in a press conference that was broadcast live on the Health Ministry’s Facebook page.

“If we look at our earlier studies, a group in Sungai Lui for example, we find that the antibodies were increasingly declining after eight weeks.

“So we need more patients to step forward, so we can use the blood for us to see to test, and how long the antibody remains in a person’s body, whether it will deteriorate after three months or not.

“So this is important for us to see, if antibodies deteriorate after three months, so it is possible that that patient can be reinfected, or if we see other studies about the long-term effects to organs, whether there are side effects or long-term effects to the patient after recovery,” he added.

Dr Noor Hisham was responding to a question on why the invitation to join the study was done openly through Facebook, and what were the guarantees that the data on former Covid-19 patients would not be circulated to third parties.

In the press conference, he did not address the issue of the guarantee of the confidentiality of Covid-19 patients. The Health Ministry has, however, practised a policy of not naming any Covid-19 patients.

Last night, Dr Noor Hisham had in a Facebook post made the call for Malaysians who had recovered from Covid-19 to volunteer for the study by a group of researchers from the Health Ministry’s National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Institute for Medical Research.

The study, which runs from August 2020 to July 2022, has been approved by the Health Ministry’s Medical Research and Ethics Committee.

Those who require further information are urged to contact:

1.            Dr Rafiza Shaharudin (rafiza.s@moh.gov.my) or via phone number 03-33627753

2.            Dr Masita Arip (masita.a@moh.gov.my ) or via phone number 03-33627735

-malaymail

There is no one absolute drug/medicine/vaccine for the Covid-19 pandemic worldwide. Other than using drugs, another method is to actually get convalescent plasma from people who recovered from Covid-19.

This method, according to Harvard, has been used to treat illnesses such as polio and SARS. Antibody-containing plasma from a recovered patient is given by transfusion to a patient who is suffering from a certain illness. The donor antibodies help the patient fight the illness, possibly shortening the length or reducing the severity of the disease.

In Malaysia, there is currently only one person donating their blood plasma and that is Reza Huzairi Zainudin, 41. Reza, who is case-46 has said that he feels very thankful that he was able to donate his blood plasma, reported Bernama.

“Allah replaced my sadness with the pleasure and pride of being able to donate my blood plasma to affected Covid-19 patients.”

It turns out that not everyone can donate blood plasma and there are a few criteria to fulfil, they are:

  • No history of chronic illnesses
  • Did not take any medication for a long time
  • Generally healthy

As the first plasma donor, Reza has cleared all these criteria. As Reza weighs about 65kg, he could only donate up to 500ml of blood plasma at one time, but that amount can be used on several patients. So he plans on returning 2 weeks later and donating more of his plasma if the doctor sees fit.

Doctors have told him as well that by injecting his plasma into the blood of a person who has the same blood type will produce the best results. Because of this, Reza hopes that more people can step forward to donate their blood plasma so that more patients can be treated.

Other than that, Reza has also revealed his 11-day experience in the Sungai Buloh isolation wards.

“Never would I imagine that I’d be in that situation. The stress was unreal and while I’m worried about myself, I’m also worried about my wife and three kids.

I was also very scared and worried that I could have infected my staff. I could only pray to Allah at that time.”

To take his mind off things, Reza has said that during his 11 days in the hospital, he worked as he would in the office. Reza would like to thank the Ministry of Health, the doctors and nurses who have worked tirelessly at the frontlines. He would also like to remind the rest of us Malaysians to stay at home and abide by the MCO!

This is certainly a tale of a very brave man! We hope that more people eligible for blood plasma donations will be able to step up and donate! 

-worldofbuzz

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