According to Al-Qabas daily, the head of the Kuwait Society for Organ Transplant, Dr. Mustafa Al-Moussawi, said urgent action is needed to prevent continued organ trade in Kuwait without deterrents. He pointed out that a kidney is sold for approximately 20 thousand dinars, outside the framework of the law.
He said, in a statement to the daily, that widespread advertisements requesting organ donation, especially kidney donation, are illegal, and that authorities must take swift action to prevent such ads with heavy punishments and deter those behind them.
According to Dr Al-Moussawi, some people request kidney donations through advertisements on social media, and banners are being placed along roads and streets. It is an explicit violation of the law, and the necessary measures must be taken to ban it. Earlier, we had submitted proposals to the Ministry of Health to prevent organ sale, and we hope that the current administration will implement these proposals,” said Al-Moussawi. According to him, Kuwait has a relatively small number of donors after death, compared to European and North American countries, but is better than Arab countries in terms of organ donation after death.
According to Al-Moussawi, there is a neutral committee that investigates cases of organ donation within the Jahra Hospital. Upon detecting an agreement to sell, committee members immediately take legal action. Organ trade exists in all countries of the world, and Kuwait must take strict measures to prevent it, as it is inhumane and illegal, he said, stressing that it is against the law and contrary to human values.
He stressed on the keenness to provide health and social care for patients and their organ donors, and to encourage research and scientific studies that contribute to improving, developing ways to transfer organs. He added, “We seek to reach 30,000 people who recommend donating their organs after their death.” He said Kuwait is the first country in the Arab world and the second in the Middle East, after Iran, in terms of the number of organ donors after death, compared to the population. About 50 kidney transplants were performed from 32 deceased donors last year, while 49 similar operations were performed from living donors. "We hope that most transplants in the future will be from dead donors," he said.
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