Kidney donation restricted as the funds were found to been misused
Collection of donation for Kidney patients was restricted by the Ministry of Home and Culture Affairs (MoHCA) recently as the ministry’s found out that the collection of fund was misused.
During the Meet-the-Press last Friday, Minister for Home and Culture Affairs, Lyonpo Damcho Dorji said that for the treatment of kidney patients the Government bears for all the operation cost out of Bhutan, travel expenses for the escort and also to the donors.
“I don’t really see need for the patient to collect money pay for the expenses while they are going for the treatment outside the country”, said the Lyonpo.
Lyonpo added that obviously there are expenses such as paying for compensating the donors. If they find that if it is very necessary, patient can choose to pay or compensate the donors. He added that there is very thin line between compensating and the buying organs.
Lyonpo said that, since Bhutan is a party to World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines on the illegal trafficking of human organs. Moreover, Bhutan is also a party to few international conventions on the protocol to that convention prohibits trafficking of human organs. In our own penal code also prohibits trafficking in human organs. So there is likely danger that whatever money has been collected through contribution will be used and it has been used in many cases to buy kidney which is illegal.
Previously, Ministry of Home and Culture Affairs has been issuing letter for collection for contribution and the donation for kidney patients, simply on the humanitarian ground. But in the process, they realize that these contributions are being used to buy human organ, said the Lyonpo.
However Lyonpo also added that, there is misuse of this money as well. Since the expenditures are being bears by the government, Ministry’s have found out that since people don’t have to pay for the transplantation of kidney outside the country. Sometimes, even if the patient dies, their relatives continue collecting the donation within the duration of those certificates which is normally issues for six months.
Lyonpo said there has been report stating that these patients harassing not only to the general public but also to the tourist. Lyonpo said that the government or the state cannot accomplice to these illegal acts.
However, the ministry is still working with the kidney foundation and we will encourage and will help to the foundation to collect contributions provided this contribution are used for purposes other than buying human organs, said the Lyonpo.