Angola: Law On Transplant Read for Final Approval

Luanda — The draft law on transplant of tissues, cells and human organs approved on Wednesday by the MPs of the specialized commission of the National Assembly, now expects final approval.

The decision of the MPs is an important step for thousands of Angolans dependents of hemodialysis.

The legal tool will enable public and private hospitals to be authorized by law to perform, for the first in Angola, the transplant of human organs for patients of kidney failure.

In her turn, the Health minister, Silvia Lutucuta, explained to MPs that besides saving human lives and extending the expectation of life of many, the donation of organs can improve the quality of life of those, who need a transplant.

To recall that the legal tool was approved in generality on June 21 this year, on the occasion the Health minister explained that the Angolan State spends 15 billion of kwanzas (USD42.2 million) per year for the treatment 1,621 patients undergoing hemodialysis.

The Health minister also underlined that 12 percent of the State Budget addressed to this sector goes for the treatment of patients, who undergo hemodialysis.

In the meantime, Silvia Lutucuta added that the private health institutions will have to request authorization to the Health Ministry to conduct any transplant of human organs.

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