>Growing trend of illegal organ transplantation in the country

A three day joint session of visiting Australian doctors and SIUT (Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation) on the subject of urology, nephrology and transplantation concluded here expressing concern over the growing trend of illegal organ transplantation in the country.

During various sessions the four member team of Westmead Hospital Sydney comprising physicians, surgeons and other medical professionals carried out an extensive exercise along with their Pakistani counterparts of SIUT on variety of subjects related to urology nephrology and transplantation. The prominent topics which came under discussion were social and psychological issues of transplantation, training workshop for nursing staff in the specialized treatment, pediatric issues

Professor Jeremy Chapman Director of the renal medicine at Westmead Hospital who was leading the visiting team in his paper dwelt with overall scene of global organ trade but he focused his study mostly in developing countries. He pointed on the basis of monitoring report which indicated that in Pakistan the trend had showed decline till 2013 but has resurfaced in recent two years Prof Chapman said there is need of effective role on the part of government, medical professionals and advocacy groups to check the growing menace.

Professor O'Connel who is the head of clinical medicine at the Australian hospital in his paper drew parallel of transplantation scenario between Pakistan and developed countries. Others who took part in the discussion and presented papers included Dr Jan Swinnen , Dr Germaine Wong and Deborah Knagge, Professor Adib Rizvi Director, Professor Tahir Aziz, Dr Buksh Ali represented SIUT.