Plea seeks change in policy for haemophilia treatment

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Nov 26, 2014 23:26 IST

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday issued notice of motion to Punjab government on a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking review of policy to provide treatment to haemophilia patients.

The bench headed by acting chief justice Ashutosh Mohunta was hearing a petition filed by Haemophilia Advocacy Society and Society for Haemophilia Care, both NGOs, seeking directions to Punjab chief secretary and secretary for family and heath welfare, Punjab.

The petitioners had contended that there were about 3,000 patients in Punjab suffering from haemophilia and in many of the state hospitals the treatment was not available.

The government came out with a policy to provide free treatment, blood units and blood product derivates to such patients. But various blood components like fresh frozen plasma and cryo-precipitate were no longer a safe treatment as the risk of HIV and hepatitis was always there in view of the window period and no viable safe inactivation, they contended further, demanding that a policy adopted by neighbouring Haryana in 2012 be implemented in Punjab.

The petitioners also sought that free treatment be provided to the persons with haemophilia who develop complications and infections due to lack of proper treatment.

Haemophilia is a group of hereditary genetic disorders that impair the body's ability to control blood clotting that is required to stop bleeding.

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