SRINAGAR: Head of the Urology department at SK Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Dr Mohammad Saleem Wani, on Saturday said it was the high time for cadaveric donations (a procedure involving organ transplant from a brain-dead person) to be implemented in Kashmir.
He said such transplants were already taking place in other parts of the world, and introducing them in Kashmir was the need of the hour.
About its religious implications, he said, “We held a seminar involving religious figures from different sects at SKIMS, and all of them declared that it is allowed.”
Dr Wani was addressing the dignitaries from medicine and other medical fields as a guest of honor at the 18th Annual Commemoration of Help Poor Voluntary Trust.
A brain-dead patient, he said, had a potential to save ten lives.
“After it is ascertained by a team of experts that a person is brain dead, his organs like liver and kidneys should be preserved and later used to save lives,” he said.
Cadaveric donation involves taking organs such as heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, or pancreas or tissues from the brain-dead or heart-dead patients.
Lauding Kashmiris for their will to save lives, he said Kashmir was the first place in India in which unmarried persons donate their kidneys to their siblings. The medico expressed joy over an increase in the kidney donations from husbands to their wives.
He praised the Help Poor Voluntary Trust for doing a “commendable job”.
The chief guest on the occasion, principal Government Medical College (GMC), Dr Kaiser Ahmad, also appreciated the trust.
Earlier, chairman of the trust, Maulana Sanaullah, talked in detail about the aim and achievements of the trust.
The trust was set up in 1998 at Baran Pather Haft Chinar here with a mission to help poor and needy patients. The trust is providing free medicine and financial assistance to patients with major health issues.
The trust provides round-the-clock ambulatory services to the patients within the municipal limits of Srinagar.