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Kochi: The antibody cocktail treatment which stops Covid patients from slipping into a critical condition has been introduced in the state also. Currently, about five hospitals in Ernakulam district offer this treatment.
Antibody cocktail treatment should be provided within 7 days of turning Covid positive. If the treatment is provided at the right time, the patient's condition will remain stable. Cocktail treatment is given following various conditions.
By providing cocktail treatment to the people with serious diseases that belong to A or B category, those who underwent organ transplant, people with severe breathing trouble and heart patients can be saved from slipping into critical condition. Also, they are likely to test negative within 7-8 days.
Physician Joseph K Joseph said that two people who were intensely affected with the disease recovered and discharged from hospital after using antibody cocktail. This treatment can reduce mortality rate by 70 percent according to studies, he added.
At present, consent of patient's relatives and hospital management committee is mandatory for using the antibody cocktail.
The price of the medicine is unaffordable for the common people. One dose of the medicine costs upto Rs 60,000. One vial contains medicine for two patients. Normally, one patient does not require both doses in a vial.