KARACHI - Prominent social worker Abdus Sattar Edhi, who remained in speculations since last few months about his health, has appeared before media to dispel rumors and declared that he is in a good condition.

He said he was leading a normal life despite the fact that his both kidneys had failed and he was on dialysis.

Talking to media at the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) here on Tuesday, Edhi dispelled the speculations about his worsening health condition. SIUT Director Prof Dr Adibul Hasan Rizvi was also talked to media.

Maulana Edhi, who is 90, said that due to his long standing diabetes problem, his kidneys were not functioning normally which led him to obtain dialysis support. He has been under treatment at SIUT since last 10 years.

Flanked by Dr Adibul Hasan Rizvi, director SIUT, Dr Fazal Akhtar and Dr Ejaz Ahmed the two nephrologists who are attending him Edhi said, “Presently he visit hospital once a week as an out-door patient for dialysis.” On the other hand, Prof Adib Rizvi admitted that both the kidneys of world’s prominent social worker have failed and he is on dialysis but living normal life.

To a question, Dr Rizvi stressed the need for promoting concept of organ donation in the society as it would help those patients who have reached the end stage of renal failure.  Dr Rizvi pointed out that Maulana Edhi was one of the first Pakistanis who pledged to donate his organ at SIUT. He also called upon the society to take their family in confidence while making pledge to donate their organs as in case of brain death the positive response of family is essential. He urged the government, media and civil society to come forward to promote the idea of deceased organ donation among the citizens.

He said that anyone could be an organ donor; there was no absolute age limit for deceased organ donation. Dr Adib Rizvi while paying glowing tributes to Maulana Sattar Edhi said the society needs more and more such personalities. He further said SIUT is fully equipped to carry out transplantation and so far carried out 4,000 such procedures. Similarly, he said some 700 dialysis sessions are carried out on daily basis at the institute - highest in South Asia. He asserted that one dead person, who is organ donor, can save the lives of 17 people.

He added, “Deceased organ donation means acquiring organs from a person after death to be transplanted into other persons who are dying from organ failure, in order to save their lives. It is an established medical procedure and is considered as an act of profound generosity. It is a donation of life to those for whom the only alternative is dying from organ failure. Globally the increase in transplant activity has only been possible due to increasing numbers of deceased organ donations.”