Egypt’s Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and the acting Minister of Health and Population, Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, chaired the meeting of the Higher Committee for Human Organ Transplantation.
The meeting included a detailed presentation on the efforts of the committee in the programmes of kidney and liver transplantation during the period from 1st of August so far. The files of 376 organ transplant cases were completed within the presidential initiative to end waiting lists, and the files of 770 cases were reviewed, including 566 cases of kidney transplantation and 204 cases of liver transplantation.
During the meeting, Abdel Ghaffar stressed that President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi attaches great importance to the organ transplantation file, in a manner that serves the interests of patients and alleviates the suffering of their families and their families, according to a statement from the Ministry’s Spokesperson Hossam Abdel Ghaffar on Monday.
The meeting also dealt with the presentation of cabinet decision No. 42 of 2021 regarding amending the age of the donor in the framework of regulating human organ transplantation, so that the age of the donor should not be more than 60 years in transplants and kidney transplants, and 50 years in other organ transplants, and the formation of committees was also presented and discussed.
Moreover, the committee also discussed the possibility of introducing a “lung transplant” programme, and studying the requirements and standards necessary for this, as the minister stressed that the importance of “lung transplantation” has emerged globally during the recent period, due to the increase in disease cases that need this type of intervention.
The minister stressed the continuation of follow-up and periodic monitoring of organ transplant operations in all the 40 centres of the government and private sectors nationwide, and to ensure that these centres work in accordance with the controls, conditions and laws regulating human organ transplants.
Legal measures will be taken against those who violate these controls, stressing his keenness to overcome all challenges to make this type of treatment easier for patients.