For the first time Uganda’s Parliament is on verge of considering a controversial Bill to allow organ transplants.
They claim that if this is in place, it would help save lives of those with money and are waiting for surgery.
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This will seek for creation of a national waiting list of organ recipients and the establishment of specialized transplant centers throughout the country.
An operating theatre has already been set up at the main national hospital in Mulago, Kampala.
Organ banks will also be established for those who wish to donate, not just kidneys.
Note: It has been rumored that there are some elements in Uganda who carry out illegal human organ export in absence of the Bill, the question now is how much strict will it be to curtail such elements to use its loopholes.
Uganda has for long denied a discussion on such controversial Bill citing it may be a wide way to illegally extract human organs for commercial purposes of some elements.
If this is finally a success, Uganda will have joined South Africa, Tunisia, and Kenya where this is legally recognized.
Ugandan kidney patients have been visiting European country of Turkey and India in Asia but this will mean that the transplant will take place here.
It has been that only relatives are allowed to be donors and travel must be approved by the Uganda Medical Council in avoidance of forced organ transplant and transplant.
The cost of organ transplant abroad is rated around $30,000 but if approved, it it will be around $8,000 here.
Dr. Kharya, from the Centre for Bone Marrow Transplantation and Cellular Therapy in India is one of the proponents of this Bill arguing that Uganda is doing well in the blood bank and laboratories however seeks for strict measures in order not to abuse this.