Organ transplant will require govt approval

Amputations and organ transplants cannot be done without the government’s consent in any of the hospitals in Bangladesh, says a draft law endorsed by the cabinet.

The draft law also expanded the definition of “close relatives” while being approved during today’s regular cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

“The amended law has had some revisions,” said Additional Cabinet Secretary Ashraf Shamim following the meeting. “Some new clauses have been added as well.”

Regarding the draft law, he said, it will not allow any hospital to carry out organ transplant or amputation without government approval. However, specialised units in government hospitals will remain out of the provision’s purview.

The law will allow organ transplant within “close relatives,” he said, adding that the definition of relatives in this case will cover parents, children, siblings, couples, and blood relatives.

However, eye and bone marrow transplant will not require a blood-relative donor, he said.

Source: The Daily Star

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