Karachi: HOTA fails to stop organ trafficking Prof Adib
KARACHI: The organ transplantation ordinance is restricted to paper only and there is no enforcement of the laws, said Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation Surgeon (SIUT), Prof. Dr Adib Rizvi at a press conference Thursday.
The Human Organ Transplantation Authority (HOTA) Pakistan has failed to effectively monitor organ trafficking and most of its members themselves are involved in the crime.
Rizvi claims that Lahore and Islamabad have shaped up as the biggest organ trafficking markets in the country where organs are sold at low rates.
According to a press release, the trade flourishes in Pakistan because of the availability of poor but healthy donors and rich patients with End-Stage Renal failure most of who are foreigners.
Middle East Society for Organ Transplantation President, Dr Mustafa Al-Mousavi, has expressed in a letter grave sorrow over the conditions of organ trafficking in Pakistan. He mentions that it is obvious that the sale has not stopped despite the implementation of the ordinance in September last year.
SIUT demands that the ordinance must be given the status of law by the new assembly. They claim that this will not only stop the exploitation of the poor and needy but would also promote cadaver organ donations.