CAN A BUDDHIST COUNTRY ALLOW THIS SCANDAL? PRESIDENT HAS TO PROBE THIS RACKET AT HIS LEVEL.
Posted on January 23rd, 2016

By Noor Nizam. Peace and Political Activist and Political Communication Researcher. January 23rd., 2016.

Appointing a new 5 member committee by the Director General of Health Services Dr. Palitha Mahipala to investigate into alleged kidney transplant racket involving Sri Lanka doctors is ONLY and “EYE WASH”, by the Hon. Minister of Health. What happened to the REPORT of the two-member team from the Directorate of Private Health Sector Development comprising its Director Dr. Kanthi Ariyaratne and Deputy Director Dr. A.I. Jagoda that probed this same issue in April 2014. . In a major revelation on the controversy over the alleged kidney transplant racket, Senior Professor of Medicine, University of Colombo, Prof. Rezvi Sheriff is reported to have said in April 2014 that local nephrologists have been talking to Indian agents, who were offering to supply kidneys for transplant operations conducted in Sri Lanka. Prof. Sheriff, who is also the Founder Chairman of the Western Infirmary acknowledged that Indians purportedly supply kidneys and were doing so in Sri Lanka and that it was still going on. Prof. Rezvi Sheriff is also a member of the Medical Council of Sri Lanka appointed by the Minister of Health. Professor. Rezvi Sheriff was also named in the UPFA National list under the name – Professor H.R.S. Mohamed. The main culprit to cover up this racket and scandal is Directorate of Private Health Sector Development Director Dr. Kanthi Ariyaratne. This doctor is back again in the new committee to probe the recent allegations made by the Nalgonda Police in India. President Maithripala Sirisena should probe this scandal/racket at the President’s level.The forces that are behind this racket/scandal are power politically and financially. Only a probe at the President’s level can clear it away from these power interests.

This is what the Sri Lanka Medical Council says about the nominations (by the Minister) to the Sri Lanka Medical Council – SLMC which is given below.

SECTION 12.(1)(f) – NOMINATED BY THE MINISTER

http://www.srilankamedicalcouncil.org/aboutusmembers.php

 

NAME OF THE MEMBER DATE OF
APPOINTMENT
DATE OF
COMPLETION OF
TERM OF OFFICE
1 Prof. Narada Warnasuriya 08.04.2011 07.04.2016
2 Prof. Colvin Goonaratne 08.06.2011 07.06. 2016
3   Prof. Rezvi Sheriff  15.01.2013 14.01.2018
4 Prof. Ranjani Gamage 21.02.2013 20.02.2018
SECTION 12.(1)(g) – DGHS (EX-OFFICIO)
NAME OF THE MEMBER DATE OF
APPOINTMENT
DATE OF
COMPLETION OF APPOINTMENT.
1 Dr. P.G. Mahipala DGHS   Ex-Officio.

 Sri Lanka Consolidated Acts

Transplantation Of Human Tissues Act (No. 48 of 1987) – Sect 17

(THIS IS THE ACT THE MINISTRY IS TALKING ABOUT.)

http://www.commonlii.org/lk/legis/num_act/tohta48o1987422/

Any sale, dealing in or disposal of a body, or any part or tissue thereof prohibited

Clause: 17.

(1) No person shall buy, sell, dispose of, or otherwise deal in, directly or indirectly, for a valuable consideration, any body ‘or any tissue or part thereof for any of the purposes referred to in section 2, without the prior written approval of the Minister.

 

(2) The-Minister shall not grant such approval  unless he is satisfied that adequate facilities are available to such person to collect, store and transplant any such body, tissue or part thereof and that such body, tissue or part thereof will be used by such person only for any of the purposes specified in section 2 of this Act.

 

(3) Any person acting in contravention of subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence and, on conviction after summary trial before a Magistrate, be liable to imprisonment of either description for a period not exceeding two years or to a fine not exceeding one thousand five hundred rupees or to both such Imprisonment and fine.

The Hindu Newspaper reported that Nalgonda police Investigators had identified 60 donors and 60 recipients connected to the racket. Over a dozen accomplices of the kingpin too are on the radar of the police. The names of the Sri Lankan doctors revealed in this inhuman trading and transplant of kidneys in the kidney racket in Sri Lanka according to the Nalgonda Police are the following:

Dr. Madhava, Dr. Monik and Dr. Sadhana, working at the Nawaloka Hospital.

Dr. Chamila (Hamas Hospital).

Dr. Niroshini (Lanka Hospital) and Dr. Habiba Saheef (Western Hospital). (Source: http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?22oOllaacL5YY44e3AMM3022mmB2dddBBme200MqAAee4oY55cca3lOO23).

My issues are:

  1. How come that a member of the Sri Lanka Medical Council being an owner of an hospital that undertakes Kidney transplant engage his hospital to participate is this inhuman, money fleecing brutal trade?
  2. The Transplantation Of Human Tissues Act (No. 48 of 1987) – Sect 17 clearly states:
  3. Any sale, dealing in or disposal of a body, or any part or tissue thereof prohibited
  4. Clause 17 of the Act. says that No person shall buy, sell, dispose of, or otherwise deal in, directly or indirectly, for a valuable consideration, any body ‘or any tissue or part thereof for any of the purposes referred to in section 2, without the prior written approval of the Minister. (So the Minister knows everything about every Kidney that is transplanted in Sri Lanka.)

The total amount of money that have been changing hands for the benefit of these private hospitals and Doctors/Surgeons/ nephrologists is estimated in the region of Rs. 3200,000,000/= to Rs. 4000,000,000/= as it is suspected that around 800 odd transplants have taken place since 1985. In the recent few months, 60 odd kidney  transplants have taken place under the RACKET busted by the The Nalgonda police Investigators in INDIA. The staggering amount of money transacted for the benefit of the accused hospitals and doctors is: Rs. 240,000,000/= to Rs. 300,000,000/=. The persons from whom these kidneys have been deceptively removed and allowed to be unlawfully sold to locals and foreigners assisted by government Ministry of Health officials and the Sri Lanka Medical Council Members is only a few thousand rupees.

Sri Lanka has to punish these human vultures in the appearance of Doctors and Health Ministry Officials and put a STOP to this human suffering as Sri Lanka eradicated LTTE TERRORISM in 2009.

Noor Nizam. Peace and Political Activist and Political Communication Researcher.

 

 

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