Singapore doctors promote organ donation

September 3rd, 2011 - 7:25 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 3 (IANS) A team of doctors from Singapore on a visit here said Saturday that people should not hesitate in donating kidney and liver to help the needy.

The surgeons are on a visit to promote the latest developments in liver and kidney transplant and optimising organ donation, ethically.

?Today there are no medical barriers but only mental barriers. People are still afraid of donating their organs,? said Roger Tan, a nephrologist at Singapore?s Parkway hospital.

?There are cases galore where a patient?s condition has gone from bad to worse because we are not able to find a suitable donor,? he added.

The doctors said that unlike India where the law states that only a relative can donate his or her kidney to a patient, in Singapore there was no such law.

?It offers a window to that small number of patients who can?t find a donor due to this law,? said gastroenterologist Lai Wai Kwan Vincent.

The human organs transplantation legislation in India allows organ donation only from close relative. This has however given way to illegal trade in organs. An amendment in the legislation is proposed to ease the norms.

The Transplantation of Human Organs (Amendment) Bill, which has been passed by parliament and now has to be notified, eases the norms allowing swapping of organs. A pair of donor and recipient who are near relatives but whose organs do not medically match for transplantation are permitted by the bill to swap organs with another similar pair.

The bill increases the penalty for unauthorised removal of human organs and for receiving or making payment for human organs.

The visiting doctors said that with no such strict laws being in place in Singapore, organ transplantations were much easier. They said that scrutiny was done in case to check abuse of the system.

?The donor is examined by a psychiatrist as well,? said Vincent.

Our patients get the highest standard of post treatment care which includes a close monitor even when they return to their home country.

?Over 30 Indian patients have got their liver and kidney transplant done in Singapore in the last around eight years,? said Vincent.

According to officials of Parkway health, the group has 16 hospitals worldwide with one under construction in Mumbai.

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