Pakistan: Senate passes Bill on organ donation

Pakistan: Senate passes Bill on organ donation

Agency News

Islamabad, Nov 29: Now transplantation of organs will be possible in Pakistan with the Senate Standing Committee on National Health Services (NHS) passing a bill on organ donation.

Titled The Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2018, the proposed law was moved by Senator Mian Mohammad Ateeq Sheikh on Wednesday. It suggests CNICs should indicate if a person is an organ donor, a report in Dawn said.

Sri Lanka has the distinction of being the largest eye cornea donor across the world and Pakistan gets eye cornea donations from various countries, said Mr Sheikh, who is also chairman of the standing committee.

“A campaign has been started to convince people to donate organs but there is now law in this regard which is why doctors hesitate to remove organs from a deceased person if they left a will to the effect. I have suggested that CNICs should carry a red mark if someone is an organ donor. Therefore, in case of natural death or accidents, doctors will know if someone’s organs should be removed while they are viable,” he said.