175 attendants of Covid sufferers get BCG vaccine in Rohtak’s PGIMS

Ravinder Saini

Tribune News Service

Rohtak, July 11

The Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) right here has administered BCG (bacillus calmette guerin) vaccine to 175 attendants of Covid sufferers to see whether or not or not it proves to be efficient in combating the virus.

In this scientific trial, shut contacts of sufferers, docs, nurses, ward boys and sanitary staff have been administered the vaccine. The trial was kicked off on May 1.

Effectiveness on trial

The scientific trial goals at exploring whether or not or not the contributors get contaminated from Covid. If sure, we wish to know the depth of severity. If no, it’ll show that the vaccine is efficient.— Dr Dhruv Choudhry, Head, Pulmonary and Critical care Medicine, PGIMS

All 175 individuals have been stored below statement for 180 days. During this era, the impact of the vaccine will probably be studied in phases.

A cell phone software has been developed to obtain suggestions about their well being at common intervals. The contributors have been requested to tell docs in the event that they fall sick or if there’s a swelling on the spot the place the vaccine was administered. Mobile telephone numbers of docs have been shared with the contributors, sources say.

“Blood samples of all participants will be taken for the antibody test after the completion of the observation period. The latest level of antibody of participants will be compared to the level of antibody recorded before administering the BCG vaccine. The vaccine will be considered effective if the level of antibody is higher before administering the vaccine,” stated Dr Ramesh Verma, a co-investigator within the scientific trial and professor within the division of group medication on the PGIMS.

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