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India Mulls Organ Bank to Stop Illegal Trade

by VR Sreeraman on  March 4, 2008 at 5:34 PM Organ Donation News   - G J E 4
India Mulls Organ Bank to Stop Illegal Trade
The Union Government today informed the Lok Sabha that a proposal to set up a bank of organs on the pattern of an eye-bank is under the Health Ministry's consideration.
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Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil said that stern action would be taken against those involved in the recently unearthed kidney racket.

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Responding to questions over the kidney racket, Patil said the Health Ministry had set up a committee to study the issue and its recommendations are being considered.

To suggestions by some members that kidney donation be given some legal shape, he said such suggestions will be considered by the Health Ministry while taking a decision on the committee's recommendations.

Patil told the House during Question Hour that the CBI is investigating the kidney scam and so far 14 people, including Doctor Amit Kumar, have been arrested.

The CBI will complete the probe into the kidney racket soon, he added.

The Health Ministry has requested the CBI to conduct a detailed enquiry into the existence of unauthorised transplantation centres in the country and their modus operandi, so that measures can be taken to stop them, the Home Minister said.

He said the matter was being taken seriously and whosoever is involved will not be spared.

Action will be taken against police officers also, if found involved, Patil said when referred by some members to reports that Amit Kumar, the alleged racket kingpin, had stayed in the house of a senior police officer of Uttar Pradesh.

Source: ANI
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