Delhi High Court has issued an order asking the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) hospital to import the Dexell injection required for treating a four-year-old child suffering from horseshoe kidney.
The child’s mother had filed a complaint with the court’s registrar general stating that the injection was urgently required for her son’s treatment but was not available in the country.
The mother was referred to the ESIC dispensary in Nand Nagri by AIIMS to obtain the injection, but the dispensary had also stated that it could not be purchased as it was not available in India. The ESIC informed the court that there was no substitute available for the injection in the Indian pharmacopoeia.
The ESIC counsel urged the bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Sachin Datta to direct AIIMS to procure the injection, and ESIC would reimburse the entire cost incurred on its procurement. The counsel for the hospital agreed to the proposal.
The high court directed AIIMS hospital to take urgent steps to import the injection required for the treatment of the child and administer it without delay.
The hospital was asked to communicate the details of the expenditure to the ESIC D(M)D Office, which would reimburse the same to AIIMS Hospital. (With inputs from PTI)