MoU signed for the project for transplanting kidney and other organs
of brain dead patients to patients needing organs.
[January 10 2019]
The memorandum of understanding was signed for the
project of transplanting the organs and kidneys of patients who are
brain dead to patients who nedd new organs at the President's office
under the patronage of the President today (09th).
The memorandum of understanding was signed between the
Ministry of health, nutrition and indigenous medicine and Sri Lankan
Airlines while the secretary of Ministry of Defense, Hemasiri Fernando
and secretary of Ministry of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine,
Wasantha Perera signed this document.
The Presidential Task force for Kidney Disease
Prevention conducted under the supervision of President Maithripala
Sirisena has taken a step in collaboration with the Ministry of health,
nutrition and indigenous medicine to conduct a project at Kandy hospital
to transplant the kidneys of patients who are dead due to brain death to
the patients currently suffering from the disease. This project
initiated to transplant the kidneys of the brain dead patients. now it
has been expanded totransplant other organs like liver, stomach, eyes
and cells and several other organs for patients. Five to six people are
being dead due to road accidents per day while this project works on
transplanting the healthy organs of those dead people to patients.
Dead bodies of persons who die due to accidents should
be promptly taken for removal of vital organs. Therefore, the Sri Lanka
Air Force was able to transport them qickly to hospitals. The payment so
far has been borne by the National Kidney Trust Fund established by the
President. The agreement was signed between the Ministry of Health,
Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine and the Sri Lanka Air Force ito
establish an efficient system.
In addition, the arrangements are already being made
for the quick removal of organs after identifying the persons with their
driver's license or the National Identity Card. Plans are under way to
extend the gratitude of the Government to the funeral arrangements of
those bran dead persons under this process. The Kidney Disease
Prevention Task Force has advised that this can be done by informing the
coordinating officer of the General Hospital, Kandy on the telephone
Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathne, State Minister Mr.
Faisal Kaseem, Secretary to the President Mr. Udaya R. Seneviratne,
Director of the Kidney Disease Prevention Task Force Mr. Asela Iddhawela
and Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jayasinghe were also
present at the occasion.