HC notice to Odisha govt on plasma sale, excess collection of blood

Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, June 18:

The Odisha High Court has served notices to the Odisha government and several others on sale of blood plasma to a private company and also collection of 450 ml of blood against stipulated 350ml from blood donors.

Bags containing blood plasma
Bags containing blood plasma

A High Court bench comprising Chief Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Dr Justice AK Rath conducting a hearing Tuesday on a PIL filed by a voluntary blood donor A Umamaheswar Rao demanding a CBI probe into sale of blood plasma to private company and collection of 450 ml of blood against stipulated 350ml from blood donors served notices to the chief secretary, Health secretary, director Health, director CBI, SP CBI, project director Orissa State Aids Control Society (OSACS), superintendent Central Blood Bank and others.

The petitioner stated that several valuable lives are lost in the state due to shortage of blood and that several campaigns are being undertaken to create awareness among people to come forward to donate blood in large numbers.

The voluntary blood donor has alleged that the Central Blood Bank at Cuttack was collecting 450ml of blood from some donors instead of the legally stipulated 350ml and that too without the donor’s knowledge by using specially designed bags. The blood plasma extracted from the excess blood collected was being sold to a private company.

The petitioner in his prayer has sought directions from the High Court for suitable action against the concerned individuals and a CBI probe into the incident.

Dillip Ray was the pleader on behalf of the petitioner.

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