Kidney transplantation procedure being started in all teaching hospitals

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Salim Ahmed

Punjab Minister for Specialized Health & Medical Education Khawaja Salman Rafiq has said that kidney transplantation procedures would be started in all the teaching hospitals where urology department is fully functional and Punjab Human Organs Transplant Authority (PHOTA) would evaluate each case and give approval for the transplantation. He said that in first phase, two sub offices of PHOTA are being set up one in Rawalpindi and the other in Multan, however, a sub center of the authority would also be set up in Faisalabad to facilitate the patients at local level.
He stated this while chairing a meeting of PHOTA at Civil Secretariat, here today. Besides, Secretary SH&ME Najam Ahmad Shah, Director General PHOTA Prof. Dr. Faisal Masood, representatives of Punjab Healthcare Commission Prof. Riaz Tasneem, President Gastroenterology Society of Pakistan Prof. Ghias-un-Nabi Tayyab, President Pakistan Medical Association Dr. Izhar Ch., Deputy Secretary Health(Tech) Dr. Mohsin, officers from Home and other concerned departments attended the meeting.
The meeting was informed that sub offices of the authority would be linked with the headquarter of PHOTA in Lahore through video link and all the cases would be monitored from the headquarter. Prof. Faisal Masood said that, for the convenience of the patients, it has been decided that the donor and the patient would be interviewed through video link and other technical matters with the doctor would also be settled through video link.
The meeting was informed that human organs procurement committee would also be constituted which would communicate with the people for the donation of organs. This committee would also scrutinize the cases and verify the consent of the donor. Prof. Faisal Masood said that a system for third-party validation of all these matters would also be evolved.
The Minister Health Kh. Salman Rafiq said that a permanent forum should be set up which would convince the people to donate their organs for saving the lives of their beloveds. He said that organs donation culture should be promoted in the society for which awareness and publicity campaigns also be launched at mass level and the religious scholars also be taken on board.

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