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Lahore High Court orders action against plasma sellers

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

23rd Jun, 2020. 06:37 pm
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Lahore High Court orders action against plasma sellers

Chief Justice Lahore High Court has ordered action against those selling plasma of patients recovering from coronavirus.

Lahore High Court Chief Justice Qasim Khan heard the petition against the sale of plasma.

During the hearing, Health Secretary Nabil Awan said that no blood donation could be made in return for money and a case could be registered in this regard and a sentence of up to seven years could be imposed.

The Health Secretary said that authority was set up which was formed in 2016 but it is not fully functional.

He said that the same authority also gives license to blood bank on which Chief Justice Lahore High Court said that the issue has been highlighted on social media.

The Chief Justice said that now a plasma bottle is selling for Rs. 5.5 million, on which the Health Secretary said that there was a wrong hype created about the plasma.

On this, the Chief Justice of Lahore High Court said, “Isn’t it happening that people are selling plasma? My acquaintance bought bottles of plasma for 3 to 5 lakh .”

The Chief Justice said that it was the duty of the government to look into the private hospitals. On this, the Health Secretary said that we will now look into the matter and take action against the plasma sellers and submit a report.

A representative of the Health Care Commission present in the court said that the rate of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is Rs. 60,000 and the government expenditure on ICU in a government hospital are Rs. 50,000.

A representative of the Healthcare Commission said that we are asking the hospitals to post their rates on the websites, to which the Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court said that my acquaintance gave Rs 50,000 for a simple room.

On this, the representative Healthcare Commission said that it used to happen in March-April but now it is not like that.

On which the Chief Justice remarked that I am from the same soil, all I know is give me full reports on it.

The Chief Justice of Lahore High Court summoned the Home Secretary in the next hearing and asked him to state what action he had taken on the sale of plasma.

The court ordered action against plasma sellers and directed the Healthcare Commission to submit a report on hospital rates on July 8.

Also read: How a Plasma Donor can help recover COVID-19 patients?

It may be recalled that a few days ago, Advocate Arshad had filed a petition regarding the sale of plasma of Coronavirus patients.

The petition said that despite the existence of laws against the sale of blood, they are not being implemented. The sale of plasma against Coronavirus in the country is tantamount to mocking the laws.

The petition asked the court to ban the sale of plasma to patients recovering from the coronavirus.

Note that on April 9, the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) had given permission for plasma therapy and clinical trials of ventilators manufactured in Pakistan for the treatment of COVID-19.

It should be noted that for plasma therapy, blood plasma of Yahya Jeffery, the first patient to recover after suffering from COVID-19, was also obtained.

A few people who have recovered from the coronavirus are demanding millions of rupees for plasma.

According to an official statement issued by the Ministry of National Health Services, plasma therapy should not be considered a treatment for coronavirus as it is still in the global trial phase after approval by the US Food and Drug Administration.

In this regard, the spokesman of the Ministry of Health Sajid Shah, citing some reports, said that the illegal business of sale and purchase of plasma is going on in the whole country.

“It is unfortunate that some elements try to take financial advantage of pandemic and crises. Donors must remember that saving one person’s life is as good as saving the whole of humanity,” he said.

Also read: Healthcare Commission to punish hospitals for illegal plasma transfusion

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