Organ Donation Culture Should Be Promoted: Kashif Ashfaq


Organ donation culture should be promoted: Kashif Ashfaq

LAHORE,(UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News -2nd Sep,2016) : More than 25,000 persons need kidney transplants every year in Pakistan while 7,000 require liver donations to live a normal and healthy life, but many of these sufferers, who could be easily saved through transplantations, die because of absence of a culture of organ donations.

This was stated by Chief Executive Pakistan Furniture Council Mian Kashif Ashfaq while distributing the gifts and free medicines to the poor patients at Liver and General Hospital Iqbal Nagar Toba Tek Singh, a welfare project of ChenOne Foundation.

He emphasized the urgent need of creating massive awareness on organs donations to save human lives and in this regard, the government, media, civil society, religious scholars and other stakeholders will have to work collectively to save precious lives.

He said if we look at the burden of diseases on mortality rate, chronic liver disease had been found to be the major cause of human mortality and about 80 percent cases of liver and kidney diseases occur in middle, lower middle and poor classes of the society.

"People usually cannot afford the treatment so the philanthropists should come forward to help the needy patients," he said and added under the welfare project Khidmat-e-Khalq Citizen Community board as many as 6,000 kidney and liver patients were given medical treatment free of cost and special discount within one year.

He said about twenty patients suffering from kidney and liver diseases had been treated daily at Liver and General Hospital and renowned gastro-entrologist and former Principal Punjab Medical College Prof Dr Zahid Yasin Hashmi examined patients through video link without any consultation fee.

He said earlier there was no facility of Endoscopy available in Toba Tek Singh and Liver and General Hospital was provided with the state-of-the-art for Endoscopic diagnosis. It has proved to be a blessing for patients with stomach and intestine diseases.

He said majority of the patient of Hepatitis could not afford the expensive medicines for treatment so our foundation is providing Interferon Injections to poor and Zakat deserving patients without any cost.

Mian Kashif Ashfaq said patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) were increasing terribly in Toba Tek Singh District and five machines for dialysis in the DHQ hospital were quite insufficient to provide with the facility to the increasing number of CKD.

Keeping in view of this bleak situation, Khidmat-e-Khalq Citizen Board and ChenOne Foundation established a Dialysis Unit in Toba Tek Singh more than one thousand patients got free of cost medical treatment within four months only.