Health authority asks verification of human organ sale

After some articles mentioned in a human kidney trade ring were released, the Department of Medical Examination and Treatment under  the Ministry of Health asked hospitals which carried out kidney transplantation to report before September 20.

According to information from newspapers, there is kidney trade ring and its cunning is often to forge signatures to create fake family ties between a recipient and his ‘donor’ to shield their illegal kidney sales. In order to make this issue clear, the Department of Medical Examination and Treatment has ordered medical clinics in major cities including Hanoi, the central province of Thua Thien –Hue and Ho Chi Minh City to review human organ donation and transplantation procedures following the law.

Anyone who breached the law will be held accountable.

Besides, the Ministry of Health has also requested hospitals to regularly spread information of human organ donation law among staffs. Hospital leaders have to discover violation to prevent or liaise with related agencies to solve the problem as per the law.

Reports of donation and transplantation procedure must be sent to the Department of Medical Examination and Treatment before September 20.

The Department of Medical Examination and Treatment said that human organ transplant is a medical achievement to help people with kidney or liver failure have longer lives. Vietnamese doctors have carried out the first organ transplant in 1992 in the Army Hospital.

The Southeast Asian country has now 13 medical clinics which can perform organ transplant. Surgeons have so far performed around 1,000 kidney transplant; 46 liver transplants; 11 heart transplants and one multi-organ transplant. 1,400 people regain sight with corneal transplants.

Selling organs is banned in the Southeast Asian country. Currently, many people with liver and kidney failure are waiting for transplant surgeries in the country. Many of them died of the disease as there is no organ donation to transplant.

By Nguyen Quoc - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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