The Federal Ministry of Health in Nigeria, has through the Minister Prof Isaac Adewole raised a warning to Nigerians about foreign hospitals that illegally harvest vital organs of patients who go there for treatment.
This warning was issued in a letter by Prof. Adewole, and signed by the Director of Hospital Services, Dr. Wapada Balami.
The President of The Nigeria Medical Association, Dr. Mike Ogirima to whom the letter was addressed, stated that the Egyptian government had arraigned 41 suspects for illegal harvesting of human organs.
The Minister through the letter asked that the NMA (Nigerian Medical Association) President alert the public who were keen on going abroad for surgeries of this development.
The letter bearing reference number, DHS/387/1/12, stated that some of the private hospitals which have been indicted in Egypt include: Dar al-Shefa in Helwan Cairo; Al-Bashar Specialist Hospital in Faisal Giza; Dar Ibn Al-Nafis Hospital, Giza, and Al-Amal Centre for General Surgery in Mauritenya Giza.
The letter, titled, ‘Re: 41 suspected illegal human kidney traffickers on trial in Egypt, dated October 11, 2017, read in part, “I am directed to inform you of the above subject matter and to inform you that information reaching the Presidency revealed that there is an increase in illegal harvesting and transplanting of human organs.”
It also stated that the hospitals where these illegal acts were carried out and the 41 organ traffickers were been investigated.
“Kindly note and disseminate this information to doctors in the relevant specialties to be aware so that Nigerians will be circumspect while embarking on medical tourism in other countries.” the letter further advised.
A source from the Ministry of Health did say that the Minister was also looking at other ways to create awareness on the issue, and informing the NMA was the first step.