Written by Staff Writer
25 Jan, 2016 | 9:08 pm
Inspector General of Police N.K. Illangakoon has ordered Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police for the Western Province, Pujith Jayasundara, to conduct an extensive investigation into the “kidney racket.”
The order comes following a request made to the Inspector General of Police by the Ministry of Health.
Quoting its police, Indian media reported last week that six Sri Lankan doctors are allegedly involved in a kidney racket.
Following the revelation, kidney surgeries on foreign patients at Sri Lankan hospitals were temporarily suspended. Thereafter , the Ministry of Health appointed a five member committee to look into the matter.
Director of Kegalle District General Hospital Dr. Wasantha Dissanayake says that a written consent needs to be obtained before conducting a kidney transplant, adding that it is illegal to buy or sell a kidney and that it only can be donated.
Meanwhile, Media Spokesperson of the Private Hospitals Association noted that all kidney transplants up to date, local or foreign, have been conducted with the required approval.
‘At that instance we negotiated with the Health Ministry and passed a law that if a foreigner is in need of a kidney transplant, the donor also has to be of that nationality. We came to the conclusion that a Sri Lankan cannot donate a kidney to a foreign national.”
Assistant Secretary of GMOA Dr. Harith Aluthge commenting on this heated topic says that, as a responsible trade union, they looked into whether an yone of these six doctors are members of the trade union, adding that they have been able to find one doctor who is incidentally a member of the GMOA.
Speaking to News1st, Chairman of the five-member committee appointed to investigate the matter, Acting Director General of Health Dr. Jayasundara Bandara said that he cannot specify a time-frame for the investigation.
Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, speaking to media, says that they got the Criminal Investigations Department involved with the investigations, and they are currently working on this case with Interpol.
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