World-renowned organ transplant expert Prof Dr Marwan Masri yesterday at a programme in Dhaka said kidney transplant is easier, more sustainable and economic than dialysis.
He also said none of the Muftis (Islamic scholar) he has met across the world said there is any objection in Islam to donate kidney.
“Life expectancy for a kidney dialysis patient is around five to six years, and it is costly. Kidney transplantation is easy; it is not a rocket science,” he said at a press conference at Gonoshasthaya Nagar Hospital.
Dr Masri, a Lebanese national, is in Dhaka to attend a two-day international conference on nephrology, organised by Gonoshasthaya Hospital.
He, however, said what is important for kidney transplantation is to have a good ICU, efficient and dedicated ICU staff and pre- and post-transplant monitoring.
Citing the flourish of kidney transplantation in Iran, Dr Masri said around 4,000 to 5,000 kidney transplantations are being carried out each year in the Islamic republic.
Besides, he said, another 1,000 kidney transplantation surgeries are being carried out each year from kidney donated by people posthumously.
“In Iran, no kidney patient needs to wait for a donor for their transplantation,” he added.
He said in Iran and several other countries, people willingly donate their organs, including kidney, as the governments of their countries give various kinds of incentives to donors.
“There is no obstacle in our religion -- Islam -- to donate organs for saving the lives of other humans,” he also said.
Speaking at the briefing, Prof Dr Tauqeer Karim, president of Drug & Device Safety LLC, said due to modern technology, kidney donors can now go home within a day of the transplant.
Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury called upon the government to amend the existing law on donation of human organs, to encourage people to donate their organs to non-relatives, to save ailing people.
At the same time, he also urged the government to strictly monitor so that none can engage in trading of human organs. Dr Zafrullah also urged the government to reduce import duty on costly life-saving medical equipment.