LAHORE - Around 300,000 patients need liver tranplant due to which cadaver donation has become necessary as one dead person can save lives of six persons by donating organs including the heart, liver, kidneys and lungs.

These views were expressed by Associate Prof Dr Amir Latif of Liver Transplantation Unit of Kidney Center of Shaikh Zaid Hospital while talking to APP in an exclusive talk on Sunday.  He said the kidney of a donor could be transplanted to two persons.    

"Similarly, the liver can be donated to two persons as its 30 per cent is quite enough to perform in a health body. Even one alive person can donate his 50 per cent of the liver," he added. He said the lungs and hearts could also be donated to an ailing person.

"According to the Cadaver Human Tissue Ordinance 2009 and its passage in the form of an act in the 18th Amendment, now it is a legal practice to transplant donated organs," he said.

When asked about impedements to cadaver transplant, he said a lack of public awareness and non-implementation of law were main hurdles besides shortage of neet of ailing humanity," he added.

He said that cadaver donation had been started in Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran and in Europe like Germany and it was mandatory to donate organs after death.

Over 6,000 measles cases, deaths in Punjab: Over 6,000 cases of measles were reported in four months in different parts of Punjab, mostly in Lahore, during the current surveillance drive.

This was stated by Director Health Services for EPI Punjab, Dr Tanveer Ahmed while talking to APP here on Sunday.

Sixty to 70 patients of measles are being reported every day in different parts of the province, he added.

He said that 19 deaths of children had been reported so far including in Gujranwala, Rajanpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Kasur and Lahore district. On investigation,it was found that in some cases babies were vaccinated like a boy in Gujranwala but due some other reasons, their immunity could not develope, he said.

However, the vaccination and surveillance drive has been stepped up for complete control of the threat.

It is also part of the strategy to mop up and vaccinate areas with measles patients, he added.

He said that intensive vaccination was also launched in Rahim Yar Khan and adjoning tehsils near the border of Sindh so that virus could not be trasmitted into Punjab.

To a question, Dr Tanveer said that in all hospitals of Lahore, measles vaccination was available in abundance to treat patients. He appealed to parents to get their children upto five years of age vaccinated without delay and cooperate with vaccinators so that they could perform their duty in a better way.