Deceased organ donation saves lives

KARACHI: Fervent appeal was made for creating more public awareness and mobilizing the society at large for making deceased organ donation program successful.

The appeal came at a public symposium which held to discuss deceased organ donation as a part of the International symposium of Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) in Karachi on Saturday.

Mufti Muneebur Rehman chairman Central Roet-e-Hilal Committee was the chairmen of the symposium.

The experts, opinion makers and academics said that there is a need to achieve national self-sufficiency in organ transplantation by pooling resources and increasing availability of organs for those patients suffering from multiple organ failures. They said some 150,000 patients lose their battle for life each year.

They pointed out that kidney failure patients have a hope of receiving a kidney from a living donor, but patients requiring a heart, lungs, liver, pancreas and cornea can only have a chance of improving their quality of life through organs from a deceased or brain dead donor.

To make deceased donor program successful they said, the first step is to raise awareness among medical personnel and the general public. Deliberations were made by senior specialists from all over the world.

The symposium lauded the role of print and electronic media, civil society, Islamic research center and all those individuals who supported the banning of the illegal organ trade.

SIUT has initiated the kidney transplantation program in 1986 and has so far performed over 4,721living related kidney transplants. The record of transplantation results shows patients survival rate is 94% while recipient rehabilitation rate is 85% and donor mortality rate 0%.

The participants of the public symposium included Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman (Pakistan), Francis Delmonico (USA), Faissal Shaheen (Saudi Arabia), Mustafa Al Mousawi(Kuwait), Sunil Shroff (India) whereas Dr Adib Rizvi, S A Malekhosseini (Iran), Justice (Rtd.) Haziq-ul-Khairi, Justice (Rtd) Majida Razvi, Kishwar Zehra, Zahida Hina were the panelists.

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