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Plasma is being sold in Punjab, admits health secretary

SAMAA | - Posted: Jun 23, 2020 | Last Updated: 2 weeks ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Jun 23, 2020 | Last Updated: 2 weeks ago
Plasma is being sold in Punjab, admits health secretary

Women wearing facemasks walk on a street during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Peshawar on April 6, 2020. (Photo: AFP)

The Punjab health secretary admitted before the Lahore High Court on Tuesday that people were selling convalescent plasma in the province.

LHC Chief Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan told the health secretary that his own relatives had bought bottles of plasma for Rs300,000 and Rs500,000.

The plasma of patients who have recovered from coronavirus has antibodies that can help other patients fight the virus, according to various researches.

Hospitals across Pakistan have been asking the patients who have recovered from the virus to donate their plasma.

The health secretary told the court that under the law people selling plasma can be sent to jail for seven years.

The LHC chief justice sought a report from the home secretary regarding actions taken by the government to stop the illegal sale of plasma.

Speaking to SAMAA TV after the hearing, the Punjab health secretary said that only expert doctors could conduct plasma therapy and it can’t be conducted in ordinary dispensaries.

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