The Delhi High Court today directed Centre and Delhi Government to make plasma donations mandatory for patients who have recovered from COVID-19.
The order was passed by a division bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan in a petition presented in Piyush Gupta vs U.OI. & Ors.
The petition was filed by Piyush Gupta through advocate Kapil Goyal, seeking directions for the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and National Disaster Management Authority for constituting a statutory body to regulate the smooth availability of the plasma.
In addition to this, petitioner submitted that plasma therapy can be used to treat patients with severe COVID-19 symptoms but could also prevent moderate ill patients from becoming more sick.
It was also contended that plasma from recovered patients could be used to immunize those at high risk of getting infected with the virus.
Further, the petitioner claims that due to the insufficient availability of plasma, black markets for the same are now flourishing. Petitioner prayed for making of rules to make it mandatory for all recovered patients to donate plasma. As a genuine person who needs plasma fails to get the same without running around from one place to another and may end up losing their lives to the virus during the same.
Most importantly, the court said that “a plasma bank had already been made by the Delhi Government and persons can only be encouraged to donate not forced.”
The court directed the Centre and Delhi Government to consider upon the sugestions made in the petition as a representation.