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Punjab human organ transplantation rules challenged in LHC

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) issued notices to the government of Punjab and the provincial health department on Monday over the rules regarding human organs transplantation.

A petitioner Naeem Siddique has challenged the health department’s rules in the high court.

The petitioner pleaded to the court that the provincial health department’s rules were not in conformity with the Human Organs Transplantation Act 2010.

The law permits, after approval from a concerned committee, donation of kidney from a non-relative person, but under the health department’s rules a non-relative could not donate kidney to a patient, the petitioner said.

The petitioner pleaded that his eight-year old daughter required kidney transplantation, while doctors are saying that the health department rules do not allow donation of kidney from a non-relative person to the patient for transplantation.

“Due to the difference between the government rules and the law, kidney transplantation of my daughter could not be conducted,” the petitioner added.

The petitioner requested the court to order the government to remove the difference between its rules and the concerned law and allow the eight year daughter of the petitioner to receive donation of kidney from a non-relative person.

The court issued notices to the government and the health ministry for May 02.

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