April 30, 2011 - Stop organ trade or quit, Dr Rizvi tells government

Saturday, April 30, 2011, Jamadi-us-Sani 07, 1432 A.H.
Article by M. Waqar Bhatti


The President of Transplantation Society of Pakistan (TSP), Prof. Dr Adibul Hasan Rizvi, has strongly criticized the government, the health ministry and the law-enforcing agencies for resurgence of organ trade in Pakistan, saying organ trade has gained momentum in the recent months despite promulgation of a law against it in the country.

"In recent months, thousands of poor people have sold their kidneys, and commercial transplantations are openly being carried out at hospitals in the large cities of the country, all under the nose of health officials, government functionaries and law enforcers," Dr Rizvi told a crowded news conference at the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) here on Friday.

Member of the National Assembly, Kishwar Zehra, Prof. Mirza Naqi Zafar, secretary-general of TSP, Prof. Aijaz Ahmed of the Pakistan Society of Nephrology and Prof. Ahmed Fawad of the Pakistan Association of Urological Surgeons also addressed the news conference.

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