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Blood screening: HC asks govt to file detailed affidavit

Delhi High Court has asked the city government to file a detailed affidavit on a petition challenging proposed implementation of pool testing method in blood banks, in which blood samples of donors are screened in batches and not individually.

A bench of Acting Chief Justice B D Ahmed and Justice Vibhu Bakhru directed the Delhi government and its department of Health and Family Welfare to file the affidavit by next week, also informing it why it proposes to go for pool testing.

The court’s order came on a plea by advocate Jewesh Manuja who sought directions to the government to conduct Nucleic Acid Amplification Testing (NAT) of the blood of each donor separately (IDT), instead of screening it in batches under the pool method, claiming that it compromises safety of those receiving blood transfusion.
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