More relatives allowed to donate organs -The Asian Age

The government has cleared an amendment of law expanding the list of potential organ transplant donors to include more family members.

The amendment would also require all hospitals without a specialised unit for such procedures to obtain prior approval for transplants.

The draft of the ‘Organ Transplantation Act (Amendment) 2017’ was granted a final approval on Monday during a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The new law approves of grandparents, grandchildren and first cousins as potential donors, said Additional Cabinet Secretary Md Ashraf Shameem.

The existing law allows siblings, children, parents, spouses, and blood-related aunts and uncles to donate organs.