ISLAMABAD: While expressing concern over the illegal trade of human organs in Pakistan, Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has said that the government will ensure passage of the bill aimed at ending the illegal trade and transplantation of organs in the country which has recently been approved by the Federal Cabinet.The Prime Minister said this while talking to Professor Dr. Adeeb ul Hasan Rizvi, Director Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) at the Governor House.
He said the government would ensure that the bill, when passed, is strictly enforced in all parts of the country. This would greatly reduce the exploitation of the poor while providing avenues for legitimate donor assistance to the needy persons, he added. He said that steps are also being taken to improve the financial condition of the poor and the government is focusing on poverty reduction and creating income generation opportunities for this segment of the society.
Dr. Rizvi told the Prime Minister that SIUT is conducting more than 500 dialysis cases every day, while more than 350 kidney transplants are carried out at the Institute each year. In addition to this, he said, the Institute also provides treatment in related ailments free of cost to the people.The Prime Minister was also told that he plans to set up another Institute of Transplant Sciences and Biotechnology in future. He apprised the Prime Minister of the ground realities regarding the sale and transplantation of human organs particularly kidneys in Pakistan. He lauded the government’s efforts to curb the illegal trade of human organs.The Prime Minister appreciated the dedication and missionary zeal of Dr. Rizvi towards the noble cause.-SANA