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* Health Minister considers presenting a bill on air transport of organs for transplant surgeries
Fri, Sep 7, 2018, 10:57 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says that steps will be taken to present a bill granting legal provisions to transport organs and body parts for transplant surgeries by air.

The Minister expressed these views when he met with the specialist doctors who carry out liver transplants recently.

Currently a number of hospitals in the island carry out transplant surgeries and under a Cabinet Memorandum, the assistance of the Sri Lanka Air Force has been obtained to swiftly transport necessary live organs to hospitals.

However, the specialist surgeons have pointed out that it is necessary to present a bill in parliament to obtain legal provisions to continue the air transport service uninterruptedly.

The Health Minister has decided to hold a discussion in this regard with all specialist doctors conducting transplant surgeries with the objective to acquire all the facilities required for transplantation and identify the problems.

Currently, liver, heart, feet, hands and bone marrow transplants are being carried out at government hospitals.


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