ISLAMABAD: Some private hospitals of the federal capital are involved in the sale and purchase of kidneys, said MNA Babar Nawaz Khan on Thursday during a meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on National Health Services (NHS).
MNA Khan, who is also chairman of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Human Rights, said an organised gang involved in kidney trade was arrested in Rawalpindi three months ago but no strict action had been taken against them which is why members of the group are moving freely around the city.
“Young people are blackmailed into selling their kidneys and a number of cases have been reported in Model Town Lahore where people were forced to donate their kidneys for just tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of rupees. They are threatened and forced to tell a magistrate that they want to donate their kidney for free,” he said.
MNA Khan said the media does not highlight the issue related to the illegal transplants of human organs and suggested those involved in the crime be imprisoned for between five and 10 years.
Though Minister NHS Saira Afzal Tarar agreed with Mr Khan on most points, she said the trade has decreased now.
“Donors claim they are giving their kidneys for free. I suggest the members of the committee which approves transplants should be reviewed,” she said.
Ms Tarar added that it has been decided that any hospital involved in the sale of human organs will be sealed though this law will be limited to the federal capital.
The ministry is already working on the issue and has consolidated five bills in the Amendment of Human Organ Transport Authority Act to make them into one, she said, adding that the ministry’s bill should be passed and it is compact and can yield better results.
Mr Khan withdrew his bill after being requested by the NHS minister. Prohibition of Smoking Bill Deferred
‘The Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smokers’ Health (Amendment) Bill, 2017’ was deferred by the committee as the mover of the bill, MNA Dr Nikhat Shakeel Khan was not present.
The bill calls for the strengthening of smoking laws in the country given the large amount of tobacco consumed in Pakistan.
It suggests that since there are no mechanisms to ensure the law is implemented, the names and addresses of authorised persons should be provided with whom people can lodge complaints.
Courtesy : Dawn News