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Kidney Trade: Curbing the Sale

The illegal barter of kidneys was first exposed when thirty poor women of the fishing community, living on Chennai’s outskirts, were discovered to have traded their kidneys.// The 1994 Transplant of Human Organ Act requires that only relatives of patients be allowed to donate kidneys for transplantation. However a recent report from the Ministry of Health of Tamil Nadu seems to indicate that several leading hospitals in the state encouraged the economically challenged in the society to pose as relatives in order to procure their kidneys. The middleman emerged as the main king-pin and helped to conveniently carry out this whole exercise on the poor in the urban slums, who were their primary target.

As a sequel to the recent exposure of the kidney commerce in Southern India, the licenses issued to two of Chennai’s hospitals have been revoked. These hospitals had been emphatically involved in the illegal trade of kidneys. This announcement was recently made by K.K.S.S.R. Ramachandran, the health minister of Tamil Nadu who also revealed that show cause notices were issued to thirteen other hospitals. The chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has warned that severe action will be taken against all erring hospitals and health personnels.

Fifty-four hospitals were provided with licenses for organ transplant out of which forty-nine were private hospitals. They comprised of hospitals from Madurai and Tirunelveli too. The hospitals whose licenses were revoked were M.R. Hospital and Ashwini Soundarya Nursing Home , both located in the city of Chennai. These hospitals were falsely documenting kidney transplant orders and freely forging signatures of the members of the approval committee.

Show cause notices were issued to Apollo speciality, Meenakshi Mission, ABC hospital, Vedanayagam Hospital and nine other hospitals, for not maintaining form III an
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