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Al Bashir Hospital in Amman will Include a New Organ Transplant Unit

AmmanJordanian Minister of Health, Abdul Latif Wreikat, announced yesterday that an unit will be built at Al Bashir Public Hospital in Amman. He told The Times “The unit will serve all patients in need of organ transplants including hearts, kidneys and even cochlear implants,”. Also he revealed that all specialists will be included within this unit, if these specialists cannot be found in the public sector, they will be contracted from other health sectors. “Establishing this unit will be a step towards regulating organ donation and implantation,” Wreikat noted, mentioning that a management department to organize this unit and a national registry for organ donation will be involved.

He added “Efforts should be intensified to encourage organ donation as the only solution to end the suffering of some patients, especially those with . A kidney transplant is the best option for patients with kidney failure who require regular dialysis”. This unit will save around JD36 million spent on treating the country’s 3,220 kidney failure patients. Nabil Akash, head of the Jordan Society of Nephrology, stated “Some 300 Jordanian and Arab patients underwent kidney transplant surgeries in the Kingdom last year”.

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