Government tells the High Court it will bear the expense

The Delhi Government on Thursday informed the High Court that it will provide free blood transfusion to an eight-year-old thalassemia patient.

Counsel for the Government submitted before a Division Bench of Justice N.V. Ramana and Justice Manmohan that the child could be given the treatment at either Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU) or Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan or Guru Teg Bahadur hospitals.

The patient’s parents have to only get their son registered with either of these hospitals, Government counsel stated.

Counsel for the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) submitted that bone marrow transplant treatment could be given to the patient on nominal charges subject to availability of donors.

Thereafter, the Bench asked the child’s parents to approach DDU for the blood transfusion and AIIMS for the bone marrow transplant.

The Bench also asked the Delhi Government counsel to file an affidavit giving details about the number of thalassemia patients undergoing treatment at various government hospitals in the Capital.

The Court on Wednesday had issued notices to the Centre, the Delhi Government, AIIMS and Sir Ganga Ram Hospital on a petition by the child’s parents seeking directions for free blood transfusion for their son.

The couple had sent a letter to the Court, which the Bench converted into a public interest litigation. The patient was earlier treated at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.

The boy’s father was working with a private company and his monthly earnings did not allow him to bear the expenditure of regular blood transfusions as well as meet the liabilities of the family, the letter said.

  • Boy’s parents had approached the HC over inability to pay for his treatment

  • Court converted the parents’ letter into PIL and sent notice to govt, AIIMS