SC bench to take up illegal human organs transplantation case tomorrow

Staff Reporter

Islamabad—A Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali and Justice Qazi Faez Isa will hear the suo-moto case regarding illegal transplantation of human organs on Tuesday.
The Chief Justice had taken sou moto notice on a letter of Dr Adeebul Hassan of Pakistan Society for Transplantation pointing out the problems being faced by both the donors and the patients in the transplantation process of human organs at Al-Syed Hospital in Rawalpindi and another hospital in Gujrat.
During the previous hearing on August 4, the apex court asked the federal and all the provincial secretaries health to submit comprehensive reports pertaining to human organs transplantation in the country.
The Punjab government, in its report submitted in pursuance of the court’s earlier directives, said that Al-Syed Hospital was a registered institution for carrying out organ transplant and that an inquiry was being conducted about its affairs.
However, it apprised the court that there was no record available regarding the hospital in Gujrat as it was not registered as an organ transplant institution.
Dr Babar Awan, counsel for Al-Syed Hospital, informed the court that under the law only family members of a patient were allowed to donate human organs. Sometime the blood group of relatives (donors) did not match with that of the patient due to which human organs were purchased from others.

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