Delhi High Court has asked the Petitioner to make a representation before the appropriate authority in a plea seeking mandatory donation of plasma by the recovered patients of COVID19.
The Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan while disposing of the petition granted liberty to the Petitioner to make a representation before the concerned government regarding the demands raised by him in his petition.
Filed by Mr Piyush Gupta, the petition sought a direction to be issued to the Central Government to constitute an 'Oversight Body' which shall regulate the availability of plasma to treat COVID 19 patients.
In addition to this, the Petitioner had also asked for such committee to establish a proper mechanism thereby making it mandatory for all the Hospitals either operated under Union of India, Delhi
Government, Municipal Corporation of Delhi and private testing labs to send data of all those people who were found positive of COVID19.
The petition stated:
'As we are aware that till today except Plasma Therapy, no other effective tool has been invented to cure patients suffering from pandemic COVID19. But unfortunately despite the same being a major invention, our Government is not taking effective steps for its sufficient availability and for its proper implementation.'
To ensure adequate availability of plasma, the Petitioner had sought an obligation to be put on recovered patients to mandatorily donate their plasma at first instance.
'As per the ICMR Guidelines, the recovered patient can donate his plasma after a period of 14 days post testing negative', the Petitioner had submitted.
In addition to this, the Petitioner had also asked for the proposed Regulatory Body to display publicly, the availability of plasma and made available the same to the seriously ill patients free of cost or at a reasonable price.
Case Title: Piyush Gupta v. Union of India