ISSUE OF DECEASED ORGAN DONATION DISCUSSED AT APPNA -SIUT JOINT MEETING

The two day jointly organized health care summit of SIUT and APPNA which discussed a wide ranging subject of health care issues in Pakistan concluded with a pledge to foster more cooperation between the two medical bodies.

On the final day an important public debate concerning the deceased organ donation program in the country stole the limelight of the day long proceedings.

Experts discussed those factors which are source of impediments in the success and growth of deceased organ donation program in the country.. Presiding the workshop Prof Anwar Naqvi of SIUT discussed in detail the social and cultural issues of deceased organ donation. He pointed out that five vital components including government, clergy,media, public awareness and medical profession play an instrumental role in the success of deceased organ program. He said these components can bridge the existing deep social and religious divide.He presented the international index of successful program implemented in many parts of the word. He said regrettably Pakistan do not figure in the list of these countries whereas countries like Spain and Croatia are in higher ranks.The index also included five Islamic countries he added. Stressing the importance of public mobilization and creating awareness Naqvi said hospitals and their appointed coordinators can play an important role in this regard. The workshop was also addressed by Prof. Mirza Naqi Zafar of SIUT who spoke on the legal process initiated by the apex court under the aegis of Law and Justice Commission.

He informed that directives issued by the Commission aimed to make the program successful are based on many aspects including organ donation pledge to be included in driving licence and national identity cards of citizens and making mandatory on public and private hospitals to report all brain deaths within 6 hours to name a few. Others who also spoke at the workshop included Dr Nasir Luch.Dr Fareena Hanif and Dr Sadia Nishal from SIUT. They presented their findings concerning media, public outreach and aspects of brain deaths.The workshop was followed by a QA session

During the day long proceedings the other workshops which held discussed issues pertaining cardiology, stroke management and gynecology.