Illegal organ transplant to be checked by vigilance committees

LAHORE: The constitution of district vigilance committees (DVCs) all over Punjab was notified on Monday in order to identify, prevent and curb any illegality or violation of Punjab Human Organ Transplantation Act 2012.

These committees would ensure no illegal human organ transplantation was taking place in their respective territories, said a Specialised Healthcare and Medical Education Department spokesman.

They would be primarily responsible for checking registered and unregistered hospitals and other groups involved in illegal transplant of human organs as well as verify all sorts of complaints regarding such transplantations.

In case of any irregularity, the committees would take action and report to the monitoring authority. Checking of valid permissions for legal human organ transplant, donor and premises and checking of premises used for these transplants would also be one of the responsibilities of these committees. They would obtain pictures of patients and donors on whom transplants had been performed.

The district coordination officer (DCO) would be the chairman of a DVC, while the district police officer, district officers of the Intelligence Bureau and Special Branch, executive district officer (health), principal of the nearest medical college and medical superintendent of the DHQ Hospital concerned members of the committee.

A notification was issued by the home department on the recommendation of the Specialised Healthcare and Medical Education Department, said the spokesman.


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