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Transplant Tourism on the Rise, Says WHO

ing kidney transplant in the state have since been tightened up, the government claims.

The situation is said to be far worse in Pakistan. 40-50 per cent of the residents of some villages have only one kidney because they have sold the other for a transplant into a wealthy person, probably from another country, said Dr Farhat Moazam of Pakistan, one of the participants in the WHO meeting.

Moazam said Pakistani donors are offered USD 2,500 for a kidney, but in the end they receive only about half of that because middlemen take the rest.

In Western countries, package deals are advertised on the Internet ranging from USD 12,000 to USD 20,000 to receive a kidney and seven days of hospitalisation in a transplant country, Moazam said.

Such a situation has to be reversed forthwith, the WHO urged.
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