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.