What happened:

The decision to broaden the use of cadaveric transplants in the province was made by the Punjab Human Organ Transplant Authority. These specific transplants often require organs of deceased donors who gave their prior authorization for it.


In this regard, the authority has requested the Punjab Institute of Neuro Sciences, the Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute (PKLI), and the Punjab Institute of Cardiology Lahore to issue some critical directives to attain the targets. The institutes were charged with enlisting religious leaders to issue fatwas and raise public awareness of organ donation.

The meeting:

This was agreed at the Monitoring Authority of Phota’s 19th meeting, which was presided over by Minister of Punjab Khawaja Salman Rafique and held at the regional department of specialised healthcare and medical education. PKLI Dean Dr Faisal Dar, Dr Shahid Malik, Dr Murtaza, Dr Ghayasuddin Tayyab and other officers attended the conference.

Why it matters:

Rafique promised to increase the transplant authority’s level of activity in order to help patients who were in urgent need of an organ transplant. He argued that the scope of the cadaveric transplant service should be increased, and requested the relevant agencies to step up their efforts to prosecute those responsible for the illegal trafficking of human organs.


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