LAHORE : Punjab Minister for Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education (SH&ME) Khawaja Salman Rafique has said that like Spain there is a need to promote culture of donating human organs in Pakistan to save thousands lives of the patients of liver and kidney diseases. He said that government would work on legislation on cadaveric transplant donations with the consultation of all the stakeholders.
The Minister SH&ME stated this during a briefing on the cadaveric transplant donation system in Spain. The briefing was arranged by the organization of Catolonia Transplant, Spain.
President PKLI, Lahore Dr. Saeed Akhtar, Director Technical Punjab Human Organs Transplantation Authority (PHOTA) Dr. Murtaza and other members of the Minister’s delegation were also present. Director OCATT Jaume Tort I Bardolet gave the briefing on the occasion.
Spain is the ideal country in the world where the largest number of people voluntarily donate their organs and cadaveric donations is very common in Spain and whole system is very organized which is very helpful to save lives of needy patients.
Dr. Saeed Akhtar said that in Pakistan especially Punjab, thousands of patients need liver and kidney transplant but the tradition/culture to donate organs is very low. He said that vigorous awareness campaign as well as legislation is required to meet the challenge.
Minister Health Kh. Salman Rafique said that population of Punjab is more than 50 percent of whole the country and accordingly the disease load is also very high. He said that government is working with multi sectoral approach to promote the tradition of organs donations as the importance and requirement of human organs donation would further enhance after functioning of PKLI within a month or two. It was agreed to promote cooperation between PHOTA and Donation and Transplant Institute of Spain (DTI).
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