Human organs trade ordinance issued -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

Paksitan Press Foundtion

Human organs trade ordinance issued

LAHORE: President Pervez Musharraf has endorsed the human organs transplantation ordinance, which will be effective immediately, Aaj TV reported on Monday.

Federal Health Secretary Khushnud Akhter Lashari told the channel that complete regulatory framework had been provided in the ordinance.

According to the ordinance, the secretary said, trade of organs would only be allowed between blood relatives. Anybody less than 18 years of age cannot donate any human organ, he added.

“The government will announce the hospitals that will carry out transplantation,” he said, adding that this would help discourage quacks and illegal organs trade.

Lashari said that a national registered donation and reserve fund would be formed to support the deserving patients, adding that anybody found violating the ordinance would be awarded a sentenced of 10 years and a Rs 1 million fine.

App adds: Earlier, a seven-member bench of the Supreme Court on Monday adjourned the hearing of a suo motu case about the human organs trade on an assurance from the deputy attorney general that an ordinance on such trade would be promulgated shortly.

DAG Raja Muhammad Irshad represented the federation at
the hearing.

Health Ministry Secretary Khushnood Akhtar Lashari told the bench that an ordinance on human organs trade had already been submitted to the competent authority for its promulgation.

About the latest status of the ordinance, he said, “The ordinance has already been signed according to my official information and will come into force forthwith.”

Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar, Justice Mohammad Nawaz Abbasi, Justice Faqir Mohammad Khokhar, Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan, Justice M Javed Buttar and Justice Raja Fayyaz Ahmed conducted the proceedings on Monday.
Source: Daily Times
Date:9/4/2007