38 year old Sarvesh, who has been suffering from Reiter’s disease since 2012, has filed a Writ Petition in Delhi High Court through Advocate Ashok Agarwal on Friday 08.08.14, seeking directions to AIIMS to provide free treatment, which is likely to come up for hearing next week.
Sarvesh has been left crippled and immobile because of the disease and urgently needs a hip and knee replacement surgery. He was admitted to AIIMS for the surgery, but the surgery could not be performed as he was unable to pay the amount of expenses of the surgery worth Rs. 8 lacs. The patient’s wife, Smt. Shanti, works as a domestic help in Delhi and is the only earning member of the family. Shanti’s salary is grossly insufficient to feed a family of four, and it is thus impossible for the patient’s family to arrange Rs. 8 lacs for the surgery.
The patient made several representations to AIIMS, Govt. of NCT of Delhi and the Govt. of India requesting them to perform the surgery free of cost. However, the doctors at AIIMS reiterated that it could not be done until the amount of the expenses is paid.
The patient has thus filed a Writ Petition in Delhi High Court pleading that his condition would deteriorate if he is not provided free of cost treatment at AIIMS. In April 2014, Delhi High Court after holding that Right to Health is a Fundamental Right, directed the Delhi Government to bear the treatment cost of the enzyme replacement therapy costing Rs 6 lacs per month, being carried out at AIIMS, needed by Master Mohd. Ahmed, who is suffering from Gaucher’s disease, which is a rare genetic disorder.
Ashok Agarwal, Advocate.