Michael “x” smith -Kingston, Jamaica:
Dr Ken Baugh, Opposition spokesman on health and quality of life, told The Sunday Gleaner that the JLP would support the passage of legislation paving the way for harvesting of organs in Jamaica.
“A lot of people die before they get on to the list for dialysis,” he said while stressing that transplantation should never be seen as a replacement for dialysis.
“It will be complementary to it.”
In the meantime, JLP General Secretary Dr Horace Chang argued that despite the potential dangers, organ harvesting for transplantation is the way to go.
“It is a necessary part of modern medicine. The scope for abuse exists, so we will have to be careful with the crafting of the legislation,” said Chang
“It is abused in some countries and given our current socio-economic circumstances, the potential to abuse something that can earn income exits,” said Chang, in reference to the black markets that have flourished in some countries which allow organ harvesting.
In those countries, organs are sometimes illegally harvested and sold to the highest bidders.
“We would have to craft the legislation correctly so we don’t leave any space for abuse,” Chang added as he joined the growing debate.
Consultant internist and nephrologist Dr Adedamola Soyibo used the Gleaner Editors’ Forum to argue that the public could be encouraged through sensitization to donate their organs.
He advanced that if persons were to wear wristbands engraved, ‘I am an organ donor’, it would facilitate easy procurement of an organ in the event of a motor-vehicle crash or gunshot wound.
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