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Minister, police clash over organ sales

Jakarta PostThe Jakarta Post | Feb 6, 2016

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By Fedina S. Sundaryani and Hans Nicholas Jong

Health Minister Nila Djuwita Anfasa Moeloek came to the defense of the Cipto Mangunkusumo General Hospital (RSCM), saying that doctors and administrators of the hospital were unlikely tangled up in the alleged kidney harvesting case.

Speaking after a meeting with National Police detective division chief Comr. Gen. Anang Iskandar at the police headquarters in South Jakarta, Minister Nila said that RSCM was only engaged in legal kidney transplants and not in the business of selling the organ.

“Kidney transplants are legal and conducted to help humanity. Currently, [the National Police’s detective division] are investigating the sale of kidneys, which is illegal [...] I don’t think [anyone from within RSCM] was involved,” Nila said.

Nila said that RSCM had met the standard operating procedures (SOP) that donors must through before undergoing an organ removal operation. - See more at: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/02/06/minister-police-clash-over-organ-sales.html#sthash.4ibptHxI.dpuf

Fedina S. Sundaryani and Hans Nicholas Jong,

Health Minister Nila Djuwita Anfasa Moeloek came to the defense of the Cipto Mangunkusumo General Hospital (RSCM), saying that doctors and administrators of the hospital were unlikely tangled up in the alleged kidney harvesting case.

Speaking after a meeting with National Police detective division chief Comr. Gen. Anang Iskandar at the police headquarters in South Jakarta, Minister Nila said that RSCM was only engaged in legal kidney transplants and not in the business of selling the organ.

“Kidney transplants are legal and conducted to help humanity. Currently, [the National Police’s detective division] are investigating the sale of kidneys, which is illegal [...] I don’t think [anyone from within RSCM] was involved,” Nila said...

Fedina S. Sundaryani and Hans Nicholas Jong,

 

Highest-ever rate of family agreement to donate organs in 2015

Jerusalem PostThe Jerusalem Post | January 29, 2016
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By Judy Siegel-Itzkovich 

Last year saw a record in the proportion of families of lower-brain-dead individuals who agreed to donate organs for transplant – 60 percent, according to Israel Transplant and the Health Ministry.

Of 129 families asked by hospital transplant coordinators for permission to take organs, 77 agreed to give one or more.

There were 433 transplant operations from deceased and live donors (174 kidneys; a 28% increase) in 2015. In addition to a variety of internal organs – hearts, livers, lungs, pancreases and kidneys – dozens of bone, tendon and heart valves were transplanted.

According to the latest figures, 668 corneas were donated by families, and 42 burns patients received donated skin from the deceased. As people registered as potential organ donors receive priority for receiving an organ, 32% of those who received organs from the deceased were moved ahead in the queue because they had donor cards from the ADI organization..

Kingpin of kidney racket held

the hinduThe Hindu | January 20, 2015

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By T. Karnakar Reddy

The episode looked a straight lift from the movies. The antagonist (Arun Vijay) in Entha vaadu gaani , the dubbed Telugu version of the Tamil hit Yennai Arindhaal — with Ajith Kumar in the lead — is an Ahmedabad-based smooth operator, who arranges human organs for money. The real episode that bore alarming resemblance to the film unfolded in Nalgonda, following the arrest of the kingpin in the kidney racket, Suresh Prajapathi (36), and two of his cronies, who facilitated 60 kidney transplantations.

Police arrested Prajapathi’s accomplice Dilip Umedamal Chouhan (31), who used to help conduct health tests on donors at various diagnostic centres in Ahmedabad. They also filed cases against six Sri Lankan doctors working with four different hospitals in Colombo on the charge of conducting paid kidney transplantation in violation of ethics. Superintendent of Police Vikram Jeet Duggal told reporters on Tuesday that they arrested a native of Suryaraopet in Kakinada, Jenu Nookaraju (30), who was part of housekeeping staff in a private hotel at Gachibowli, based on phone calls received by Prajapathi in Hyderabad. Investigators realised that Prajapathi and Chouhan were coming to Hyderabad to meet Nookaraju and arrested them... [read the complete article here]

[See also another article in The Hindu 'Kidney racket: manager of diagnostic centre held' reporting the arrest of the manager of the diagnostic centre involved in this case.]

Kidney transplants in private hospitals temporarily banned

times online Sri LankaSunday Times in Sri Lanka | Jan 22, 2016

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Minister of Health Rajitha Senarathne said that the report of the Indian kidney transplantation racket case still has not been received legally to the Ministry of Health and a circular was issued to all private hospitals in the country prohibiting all kidney transplantations for the foreigners until the investigations are finished.

 He said that the report pertaining to the Indian kidney transplant racket  has not still been received by the Ministry of Health.  But a circular has been issued to all private hospitals  temporarily banning from performing kidney transplant operations on foreign patients until the investigations are completed, the Minister said...

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