NEW DELHI: Delhi High Court has asked the city government to provide continued and uninterrupted treatment free of cost to a 14-year-old poor patient suffering from Turner Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder causing deformity.
Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw also directed the government to constitute a high-level committee to formulate a scheme within six months for distribution of essential drugs in respects of persons lacking necessary financial wherewithal.
While disposing of a petition filed by Afreen Ansari through advocate Ashok Agarwal, the court observed that there were several instances where poor patients were not able to get access to treatment due to lack of funds.
The court was hearing a plea filed by a Ansari suffering from Turner's Syndrome, a genetic defect causing various kinds of deformity which required long-term care.
Previously, the Delhi government had informed the court that it did not have any policy to provide prolonged or life-long treatment free of cost to patients with rare genetic disorders.
Appearing on behalf of the child, the counsel told the court that there were several instances in various government hospitals where poor patients were not given full treatment and proper medication.