1st meeting of the Human Organ Transplant Authority (HOTA) Islamabad presided by Health Minister

January 10, 2017

 The Minister of state NHSR&C chaired a high level meeting of the Monitoring Authority of Human Organs Transplant Authority (HOTA) & discussed the steps to be taken to stop the illegal transplant activities in Islamabad and in the whole country.

The main objective of HOTA is to control and stop illegal human Organ Trade, selling of Human Organs to Foreigners from Pakistani citizens and to provide Rules and regulation for removal, surgery & transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues for therapeutic purposes.

Meeting was attended by the members from Ministry NHSR&C, Monitoring Authority & Focal Person HOTA, various points were discussed to prevent and stop illegal Human organ trade in the country.

The Monitoring Authority HOTA gave the detail briefing to the Minister Health and highlighted the shortage of Solid organs in the country and that due to unavailability of organs, people breach the Law. In view of which the Monitoring Authority highly recommended that Deceased Donor programs must be initiated which will overcome this deficiency of Human organs. Various Proposals in this regard were made in the meeting including that while making the CNIC & Driving License there must be a consent if the individual want to be volunteer donor after his/her death.

The Minister Health directed to strengthen the Authority and increase punishments for those who are directly or indirectly involved in Human Organ Trade, furthermore to make National Organ Sharing Network for immediate Harvesting and allocation of organs.