Health & Fitness

Health minister to inspect human organs transplant centers

ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Federal Minister for Health Ejaz Rahim would be inspecting the 30 medical institutions that have been accorded interim recognition regarding human organs transplant.This was decided in the 3rd meeting of Human Organs Transplant Authority (HOTA) held here on Saturday under chairmanship of the Health Minister. The Authority also approved constitution of provincial evaluation committees and hospital evaluation committees which are being notified shortly.

The Authority constituted a sub-committee to prepare minimum basic standards and checklists for according formal recognition to transplant centers. Schedule of inspections was also approved which will be notified by the administrator.

Ejaz Rahim on the occasion said that the government’s endeavor will be to regulate the transplantation of human organs and tissues in an ethical and transparent manner. Efforts would be made to facilitate patients requiring transplantation without compromising dignity of human life, he said. No sale of human organs will be allowed in any form, he added.

The Minister lauded the efforts of the Secretary Health and Administrator HOTA for substantial work done in implementation of the Transplantation of Human Organs & Tissues Ordinance 2007 and thanked all members for their valuable inputs. The Minister directed that a database of facilities and services available at the recognized health facilities shall be maintained. He also directed the Administrator to complete inspections and present inspection reports to the Authority by third week of January 2008.-SANA

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