Legal news update - 3rd July 2020

By Nikita Lamba


1. Private laboratories cannot stop conducting COVID­19 onsite tests: Delhi HC


A Bench of Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Subramonuim Prasad noted that if

there was any problem with regard to extra outflows that the private labs are

likely to incur on onsite or home compilation of sample, which doesn’t cover their

expenses in terms of price fixed for the test by the Delhi government, ₹2,400, they

should lift the accusation with the government. On Thursday the Honb’le Delhi High Court

said that private laboratories in the Capital should move toward the Delhi

government if they are facing any issue over enduring with the collection of

onsite or home collection of samples for undertaking the RT PCR test for COVID­19.

“However, it is not acceptable that the private

laboratories will stop conducting onsite tests at such a critical juncture where

the number of cases of COVID­19 infection are shooting up phenomenally, on a

day by day basis,” the Bench remarked.

The petition was filed in public interest by Rakesh Malhotra, highlighting various issues

faced by the people while conducting tests for COVID-19. Mr. Malhotra said that

the private laboratories had several complaints

against the Delhi government that have been largely resolved by the expert

committee constituted by the Lieutenant Governor. He further said most of the private

laboratories have stopped collecting onsite samples.

The Delhi government’s counsel said they have written individually to all

the private labs seeking a clarification from them as

to whether they are abiding with the collection of onsite  samples,

 for undertaking the RT PCR test and most of the laboratories have reverted back saying 

that they have not stopped onsite testing. 


2. Delhi govt. launches India’s first plasma bank at ILBS Hospital


The Delhi government on thursday inaugurated India’s first plasma bank at

ILBS Hospital in Vasant Kunj

to enable the search forplasma donors more systematic.Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal app

ealed to those who have recovered from COVID­19 to come forward and

donate plasma to help others recover adding that people were finding it difficult to

get plasma and the situation got quite chaotic in Delhi and there are

no side effects and that it was completely safe and would only take between 45 minute

to an hour of their time also hoped that it would improve with the inauguration of the

plasma bank.


Conditions the donors need to fulfill-

 They should be between 18­60 years, weigh above 50 kgs

and need to have been virus free for over 14 days. Women who have been pregnant at

some time in their life, people with  diabetes, hypertension, cancer survivors, those

with chronic heart, liver, lung and kidney diseases

and high blood pressure can’t donate plasma.

Donors need to call 1031 or WhatsApp 8800007722 to register and the government

will contact donors and see if they are eligible to donate and schedule a time to visit

the plasma bank.

 People whose family members or relatives are admitted in the hospitals and

are advised plasma therapy ned not to directly call on 1031 or WhatsApp helpline

to seek plasma for therapy. The doctors will prescribe

plasma therapy to those patients and the hospital will

contact ILBS, and the plasma shall be provided to the hospitals on the basis of the

doctor’s prescriptions.

Mr. Kejriwal said that there has been a reduction in number of deaths in Delhi

but we need to bring this further down. Until a vaccine is developed, plasma

donation is the only way we can prevent deaths. ”We are not saying that no

casualties will happen because of plasma therapy, but the results have 

been encouraging and it has shown that it will help reduce the death rate and save lives”,

the CM said. He added that people

should be encouraged to donate and dispel all misinformation about plasma 

donation. “Until now, 58,000 people have recovered from COVID­19. So I urge everyone

who is eligible to come forward. You get very less chances of saving someone’s

life, if God has given you  this chance, please do not hesitate to use it to save a life,”

the CM appealed.

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