Maharashtra Government will reportedly allocate 60% of the funds for sickle cell patients.
The Department of Medical Education and Research (DMER), released the statement of funds after amicus curiae Anup Gilda informed that the central region has recorded the highest number of sickle cell cases. Over 1,800 cases have been reported in the last couple of years, Mumbai recording the highest number of cases at 300.
Gilda also pointed out the unequal distribution of funds based on the number of patients. He was appointed as amicus where the court was hearing a suo-moto PIL.
The hearing was adjourned after the affidavit was submitted by the dean of Indira Gandhi Government Medical College (IGMCH) to Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court, on Wednesday.
The IGMCH and GMCH were allotted a polymer chain reaction (PCR) lab by the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR), in association with Department of Biotechnology (DBT) in 2006.
However, Gilda pointed out that these two were closed down, a couple of years ago due to the absence of trained staff.
PCR lab is only available in Mumbai and samples for prenatal diagnosis are sent there from Nagpur. The amount required to conduct these tests is around Rs 4,000-Rs 5,000.
The division bench granted three weeks to invite the trained staff for a couple of weeks from Mumbai. The temporary staff will operate the PCR laboratories.
Information Source: TOI
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