ABUJA KIDNEY MARKET:  FED. MINISTRY OF HEALTH CONDEMNS PRACTICE AND WARN PERPETRATORS TO STOP THE CRIMINAL ACT. 

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By:  Ogar Paul Akpachem.

The Federal Ministry of Health has issued a press statement signed by the Director, Media and Public Relations, Patricia Deworitshe to warn those behind the Abuja kidney market to desist from the criminal act or face the full wrath of the law.
According to the release, Patricia made it know that the National Health Act (NHA) 2014 Sections 51-56, prohibits such illegality and clearly stipulates the procedure at which such can be carried out with the consent of the donors, advise given and penalties for illegal practice.
Read the Press Statement on the purported Kidney trafficking in the FCT in full below:
The attention of the Federal Ministry of Health has been drawn to a report emanating from the Daily Trust Newspaper titled “Inside Abuja’s Kidney Market where the Rich prey on the Poor in the FCT”.
The Ministry has noted with great concern and condemns in totality such barbaric inhuman criminal practice of kidney trafficking revealed in that report.
We acknowledge the pain of those affected and wish to let the public know that the National Health Act (NHA) 2014 Sections 51-56, prohibits such illegality. Persons who contravene or fail to comply with the provisions of the section commit an offence and is liable on conviction or a fine of N1,000,000 or imprisonment of not less than two years or both.
It is pertinent to note that both the seller and the 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.
Donation of kidneys should be on informed consent of the donor, done based on medical advice with privileged information about the process in order to save lives.
However, the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) is looking into allegations levelled against medical practitioners engaged in such activities.
While the Federal Ministry of Health remains 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 practices and should contact the Federal Ministry of Health on 08033228978 for any information that can lead to the arrest of such perpetrators.
Signed:
Patricia Deworitshe
Director (Media & Public Relations)

Amawu Cletus Albert Amawu

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