It is time to do
away with myths. Hundreds
of Pakistanis who have had
kidney transplants are flocking to a playground during
weekends to deliver a message to their countrypeople
donate your organs to
save lives. The event, first of
its kind in the country,
marked the start of a nation-
wide campaign to remove
the general misconception
prevailing among the people
that kidney donation was
hazardous, said organisers.
Since 1985, about 3,000 people have received a new lease of life in Pakistan when organ transplantation was introduced in this country which is one of the world's largest Islamic nations. "We want to spread awareness that it is safe to donate," said Anwar Naqvi, the main sponsor of the campaign and professor in medicine at the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT). Naqvi said that the rate of transplants in the country was 87 per cent and no donor was reported to have faced any health hazard.
Transplant surgery is carried out in public as well as private hospitals in Karachi, Rawalpindi and Lahore at a cost of Rs 350,000 at private hospitals and at half of that at a public facility. Naqvi said that all the transplants that were done at the SIUT were conducted free of cost. In Pakistan, there is a strong opposition from the Islamic clergy against cadaveric transplants for which no law has yet been enacted.
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