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Government Plans to Introduce Law to Regulate Organ Donations in Ghana

The Ghanaian government has announced its intention to implement a law allowing organ donations by the end of this year. Dr. Anthony Nsiah Asare, the Presidential Advisor on Health, highlighted that the legislation will oversee organ transplants and related procedures.

The decision to introduce this law comes as a response to increasing demands within the country to facilitate organ donations, which have the potential to save many lives. Dr. Nsiah Asare emphasized the government’s efforts to expedite the passage of this law.

A consortium of healthcare professionals advocating for tissue and organ transplant initiatives has submitted a draft document to the Ministry of Health. This document outlines the proposed law’s objectives, which include regulating various aspects of organ donation, including the donation of vital organs such as eyes, hearts, and kidneys in cases of accidents or fatalities.

Dr. Nsiah Asare stressed the importance of parliamentary endorsement to ensure legal clarity regarding organ donation and transplantation processes. He stated, “There is a draft document which has been sent to the Ministry of Health by a group of health professionals who have an interest in tissue and organ transplant. So, there should be tissue organ donation and transplant law so that people can donate, for example, their eyes for cornea transplant. They can donate their heart, they can donate their kidneys or whatever if they have an accident or in the case of death. We should have a law passed by Parliament, to back it so that there will be no legal issues of organ donation and transplantation. And this is what we are working together with the Ghana Health Service on.”

This initiative aims to regulate organ donation and transplantation activities in Ghana, ensuring that the process is legally sound and transparent.

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