Health Ministry suspends kidney transplants for foreigners

PAY-Scar-after-selling-kidney-for-$10000The Health Ministry has temporarily suspended kidney transplants for foreigners at Government and private hospitals after a racket in India was linked to six local doctors.

Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne has ordered a full investigation into claims by the Indian police that the doctors attached to some private hospitals had conducted kidney transplants for Indians who were involved in a major kidney racket.

The Indian police have filed cases against six Sri Lankan doctors in relation to the kidney racket on the charge of conducting paid kidney transplants in violation of ethics.

The Indian media reported that the police have identified the Sri Lankan doctors who have allegedly performed 60 transplants.

Police in Nalgonda, India arrested the kingpin in the kidney racket, Suresh Prajapathi (36), and two of his cronies, who facilitated the transplants.

The police also arrested Prajapathi’s accomplice Dilip Umedamal Chouhan (31), who used to help conduct health tests on donors at various diagnostic centres in Ahmedabad. (Colombo Gazette)

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