Professor Jeremy Chapman the former President of the World Transplantation Society under lined the need of active community support and good governance for ethical and quality organ transplantation program in any society.
Professor Chapman, who is a globally renowned renal physician from Australia, was speaking at the concluding session of a post graduate training course on renal transplantation organized by the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation here on Friday. The week long course was also attended by three other well known physicians from Australia.
Speaking on the occasion, Professor Jeremy Chapman pointed out that Pakistan is not the only country which faces the issue of unethical transplantation and commercial trade of organs as this problem also exist in many developed countries. He however, lauded the outstanding services of SIUT in extending highly ethical and world class transplantation facilities to the public at large. He also advocated the need of successful implementation of deceased donor program in Pakistan. Stressing the importance of the program he said success of the program will go a long way in saving the lives of big a population who has reached the end stage of their lives.
Addressing the participants Professor Adib-ul-Hasan Rizvi, Director SIUT, gave an overview of transplant activities in the country and contribution of SIUT in this regard. Highlighting the issue he said "Pakistan as a developing country faces numerous issues in health care system but high rate of infection makes the task more difficult for those engaged in such procedures."
Visiting professor Richard Allen presented his paper on transplant evaluation, Dr John Swinnen highlighted steps for dialysis access and Dr Matthew Sullivan presented his study in combating infection. Professor Altaf Hashmi and Professor Naqi Zafar of SIUT presented papers from their respective fields.