High level Turkish Delegation meets Health Minister offers liver transplant facilities for Pakistani patients in Turkey

July 25, 2017

 Islamabad, July 25, 2017       A high level Turkish delegation led by Director General Health Mr. Oner Guner held a meeting with Minister for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar here today.     


The delegation which comprised of senior liver transplant experts discussed in detail liver transplant facilities for Pakistani patients in Turkey.


Secretary Health Muhammad Ayub Shaikh, senior officers of Prime Minister’s Office and Ministry of Foreign Affairs attended the meeting.


Minister for National Health Services informed the Turkish delegation that each year 1500 Pakistani patients require liver transplant facility.


The Turkish side elaborated the facilities available in Turkey for liver transplant procedures. Head of the Turkish delegation said Turkey enjoyed a special relationship with Pakistan and special discounted package was being offered by the Turkish side for Pakistani patients requiring transplant procedures. He elaborated that each patient was followed up for whole life after the procedure.


It was agreed that special assessment centres will be designated across the country to assess patients seeking liver transplant facilities in Turkey.


Special visa facilitation for Pakistani patients was discussed by both countries .


The Turkish side also offered capacity building of Pakistan doctors and facilities to conduct liver transplant operations in the country.


Earlier a briefing was given by Dr. Razia Safdar, Director Institution of Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination regarding the liver transplant situation, challenges being faced by patients and the need to seek collaboration to meet the demand  in this area.