Health & Fitness

Hospitals to be registered, transplanting human organs

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Health Muhammad Nasir Khan has said that every public and private hospital and medical institution that intends to perform human organs transplant will have to register with the Authority. He was chairing the first meeting of Human Organs Transplant Monitoring Authority, established after promulgation of Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues Ordinance 2007.

The meeting constituted a three member committee to prepare standard operating procedures and protocols for the hospitals and institutions that wish to be registered to do human organ transplants. Mr. Muhammad Nasir Khan during the meeting emphasized that the Ordinance is aimed at promoting the culture of donation as well as putting an end to the exploitation of poor people by vested interests. He stressed on creating awareness on ethics related issues among the medical community.

Nasir Khan, who is also the chairman of the authority said, “We will encourage local pharmaceutical industry to locally produce medicines that are needed for treatment of post-transplant patients.” He emphasized on the need to encourage young professionals for expanding transplant activities. Total collaboration of all faculties within a health facility will boost the transplant initiative. Secretary Health Khushnood Akhtar Lashari, who is also member and Secretary of the Authority said that would will look into capacity of each institution as for as their manpower and facilities are concerned. He emphasized on adopting globally recognized best practices in the field to encourage more ethical transplants in the country. He informed the meeting that provincial governments have provided data about the hospitals and institutions performing organs transplant, which would be utilized in curbing the illegal transplant activities.

The Federal Government would soon appoint an administrator of the Authority who would spearhead the implementation at national level in close collaboration with provinces. A national donor register would be maintained that would bring transparency into the donation process. Similarly, donor cards will be issued to donors that will ensure availability of priority medical treatment to them. A national fund would also be created that would be utilized for promotion of transplant activities as well as welfare of the donors who need financial support.-SANA

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