File Photo: Cardiovascular surgeons Susana Villar (C) and Elsa Rios (R) prepare a patient to receive a new heart from a donor in an operating room in Puerta de Hierro University Hospital in Majadahonda, near Madrid. AFP
In statements to Sada el-Balad TV channel’s ‘Newsroom’ TV show, Abdel-Ghaffar said that a new organ transplantation centre that will be established in the medical city of Nasser Institute will cover all types of organ transplants.
He noted that a database will be prepared for organ transplants in Egypt, which will contribute to preventing organ trafficking. Establishing the new database will take no more than six months, the health ministry spokesperson added.
Last week, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi issued directives to establish the largest organ transplant centre in the Middle East and Africa in Cairo, in cooperation with international companies.
The centre will be located in Cairo’s new integrated medical city, which is being developed at Nasser Medical Institute.
Egypt has had laws regulating organ transplants and donations since 2010.
According to the Doctors Syndicate, an average of 370 liver transplant operations are conducted annually in the country across private and public hospitals, including the Nasser Medical institute.