Doctors, Others Engaging in Human Kidney Trafficking ‘ll Face Wrath of the Law – FG

The Federal Government has said that medical practitioners and others involved in kidney trafficking would face the full wrath of the law.

Ms Patricia Deworitshe, the director, Media and Public Relations, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, gave the assurance in a statement released on Wednesday.

According to her, the assurance was in reaction to a media report on kidney trafficking in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

She said: “The ministry condemns in totality such barbaric inhuman criminal practice of kidney trafficking revealed in the said report.

“We acknowledge the pains of those affected and wish to let the public know that the National Health Act (NHA) 2014 sections 51-56 prohibit such illegality.

“Persons who contravene or fail to comply with the provisions of the sections commit an offence and are liable on conviction to a fine of N1 million or imprisonment of not less than two years or both.

“It is pertinent to note that both the sellers and buyers of this illegal trade, as well as the medical practitioners and facilities where this criminal act is being performed, will face the full wrath of the law.”

She, however, said that the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) was looking into allegations levelled against medical practitioners engaged in such activities.

Deworitshe added that the donation of kidneys should be on the informed consent of the donor, done based on medical advice with privileged information about the process to save lives.

She reiterated that while the Federal Ministry of Health remained committed to improving regulatory standards and practices to enhance effective and efficient healthcare system in line with the renewed hope agenda, the public is hereby advised not to engage in such illegal practice.

“The public should contact the Federal Ministry of Health on 08033228978 for any information that can lead to arrest of such perpetrators”, Deworitshe admonished.