Organ donation: Pakistan’s dogmatic society remains indifferent
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Organ donation: Pakistan’s dogmatic society remains indifferent

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Social activist Roland deSouza and his wife have become the first couple in Pakistan to pledge to organ donation.“My wife and I have recently signed up and pledge to donate our organs,” he said. There can be no greater love than to give life to someone, he added. He was speaking at a seminar, titled ‘Deceased Organ Donation – Challenges and Solutions’, held at Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) on Saturday. It is donating your organs for transplantation after your death, explained SIUT founder Dr Adibul Hasan Rizvi. Organs that can be donated include kidney, liver, heart, lung, pancreas and corneas, he said. Organs of only those people who meet an accidental death, or death occur while patient is on a ventilator in an intensive care unit, can be donated for transplantation, he explained. “Those who donate their organs are actually immortal.” The Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues Act was passed as far back as 2010, and there has been across-the-board consensus amongst medical practitioners and religious scholars that once a patient has been declared brain-dead, the donation of his/her organs and tissues is not only allowed but is also regarded as constituting a noble act.And yet, regrettably enough, it seems that since 1985, when organ transplantations started in the country, only five individuals have received cadaver donations.These were the unfortunate realities discussed at the seminar ‘Deceased Organ Donation: Challenges and Solutions’, organised by the SIUT in Karachi on Saturday.

This facility is one of the very few that has over the years kept up the clarion call to normalise the idea of cadaveric donations in Pakistan.So when it says that society remains unmoved — that doctors often do not declare brain death, or fail to talk to the family regarding their consent for organ donation, that the clergy hardly makes any effort to counter misconceptions, and that the media is not willing to rise above commercial interests and create awareness on the issue free of cost — it ought to be listened to.Despite having the framework in place, Pakistan has so far not managed to change the societal mindset regarding the donation of organs, even cadaveric donations.As the SIUT has pointed out, the medical, religious and media communities need to ensure that they are contributing to the goal.

pk.shafaqna.com

 

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