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Delhi High Court Dismisses Petition Seeking Mandatory Donation of Plasma by Recovered COVID-19 Patients

Lawstreet Journal 7 Jul 2020 7:20pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Delhi High Court Dismisses Petition Seeking Mandatory Donation of Plasma by Recovered COVID-19 Patients

On Friday 3 July 2020, the Delhi High Court dismissed a petition that sought directions to the Centre and Delhi government to make it mandatory for the recovered patients of COVID-19 to donate plasma. It should be made mandatory for all patients, whether quarantined at home or a hospital, the plea added.

Citing the reason for such demand, the petitioner alleged that the governments, central as well as Delhi, are not taking effective steps to ensure the availability of plasma for the treatment of COVID-19. The petition, filed by Advocate Piyush Gupta, mentioned that plasma therapy could not only help to treat patients with severe symptoms but can also be used to treat moderately ill patients and prevent their health condition from deteriorating anymore.

Sr. Advocate Rakesh Tikoo appeared for Petitioner-in-person Piyush Gupta with Advocate Kapil Goel. “We have about 60 percent of COVID-19 patients who have recovered. After 14 days of having recovered, these individuals can be potential plasma donors,” said Adv. Tikoo. Generally, patients who opt for home quarantine/isolation never return to hospitals after recovering, due to the social stigma attached to it. Commenting on the voluntary donation concept followed by blood banks, he said, “We must accept today’s ground realities. There is a social stigma attached to COVID-19. Hence, the level of voluntariness that we are looking for will be uncertain,” he added, “By the time the bank gets it, it might be too late.”

Plasma collected from the recovered patients can be used as an immunity booster for those at high risk of getting… Continue Reading...

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