Resurgence of Pakistan's Organ Trade

Apr 29, 2011

A news conference was held at SIUT to highlight "The resurgence of organ trade in Pakistan". The conference was organized by SIUT in collaboration with Transplantation Society of Pakistan, Pakistan Society of Nephrology, Association of Urological Surgeons and NGO support.

Speaking at a news conference in Karachi on Friday Professor Adibul Hasan Rizvi the President of Transplantation Society of Pakistan urged the government and relevant authorities to take immediate actions against the violators of the Human Organ and Tissue Transplantation Law and save the country in turning into the largest organ bazaar of the world.

Professor Rizvi who also heads the SIUT stressed the need for motivating the society at large so that the thousands of lives can be saved of those dying of liver and heart besides kidney failure.

He pointed out that in pre law area Pakistan had become the largest organ bazaar in the world where over 1500 foreigners travelled each year to the country for kidney transplant by paying over 10,000 to 20,000 dollars per patent. Dr Rizvi pointed out those foreign reports and email received at his institute giving solid evidence of illegal transplant of foreigners.. He informed that reports of these illicit trades were forwarded to HOTA, Health Ministry and Supreme Court of Pakistan. He regretted that a foreigner who had come to the country died due to complications but regrettably the inquiry committee could not unearth those who were allegedly involved in this illicit trade.

Speaking on the occasion Professor Mirza Naqi Zafar, Secretary General Transplantation Society of Pakistan gave an overview of the process of drafting and adoption of the transplantation law. He disclosed that law has been declared as the best and most suitable law by the WHO for the region.

He presented the salient features of the law. Giving details he said the law forbids transplant of foreigners and the sale or purchase of organs.

Ms Kishwer Zehra MNA who was also the member of the human rights committee of the parliament gave details of her recent visit to certain areas of the country where people from poor segments of the society were forced to sell their organs to return their loans. She also screened a film highlighting the plight of poor and dispossessed section of the society.

On this occasion, Prof. Ejaz Ahmed of Pakistan Society of Nephrology said that after a gap of several months, newly unrelated transplant patients are seeking follow up with nephrologists in different cities suggesting a resurgence of commercial transplant activity.

Prof. Ahmed Fawad of Pakistan Association of Urological Surgeons said that the Government should adopt strict measures to stop this unlawful activity otherwise poor people of the country will be exploited by the greedy, illegal transplant professionals and hospitals.

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