Sri Lanka bans kidney transplants for foreigners
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has banned kidney transplants for foreigners after several doctors from the island were charged by Indian police for being involved in a racket where human organs were for sale, a government spokesman said.
Health minister Rajitha Senaratne said the government had launched its own probe into the racket after it was exposed by Indian police.
“Several doctors and private hospitals are under investigation,” he told a news conference. “We expect a report in one week. Legal action will be taken thereafter.”
Sri Lankan doctors can be banned from practicing if found guilty with the Sri Lanka Medical Council having the power to impose such punishment, Senaratne said.
“Selling kidneys or any organ is illegal,” Senaratne said. “That’s why it is recommended that patients needing kidney transplants get them from close relations. Doctors have an obligation to ask if the kidney is being donated willingly.”
Indian media has reported that all donors and recipients were from India and transplants took place in four Sri Lankan hospitals.
(Colombo/January 21, 2016)