The Rwandan Minister of Health, Daniel Ngamije said tools and medical personnel to perform kidney transplants have been launched for human organs, tissues, and cells.
Office of the Minister of Health said this in a press statement.
Part of the statement reads, “The bill will help patients who go abroad to seek kidney and liver transplants and other transplants services, to get these services within the country.
“It seeks to determine the use of human organs, tissues, cells, and products of the human body for therapeutic, educational, or scientific purposes, with the overall aim to save lives.
“The Ministry of Health will launch the transplant surgery at King Faisal Hospital, and it was needed before February 2023 for the Hospital to start kidney transplant services.
“The hospital has already installed some key equipment, started upgrading the site for the dialysis (as a treatment to help kidney failure patients’ bodies to filter and purify blood), and a recovery room.
“Based on the roadmap on the preparation to offer such a service (renal transplant), all the requirements are available, such that they could perform the first renal transplant by the end of December this year, or January next year. Liver transplant procedures will follow those of kidney transplants.
“We have doctors, some of whom are currently in America, others in India, who went to work with the hospitals with which we have [a partnership] agreement.”