Prof. Shaheen inaugurates
Transplantation Center at SIUT

KARACHI: Pakistan’s first dedicated transplant center was formally established at the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) on December 14th 2016. It was inaugurated by Prof. Faisal Shaheen Director General of Saudi Centre for Organ Transplantation.  Named after late Suleman Dawood, the 14-story facility has all the related transplant services available under one roof. Speaking at the occasion Prof. Shaheen congratulated Prof. Adibul Hassan Rizvi and his team at SIUT for creating this excellent facility.

Talking about deceased organ transplantation, Prof. Faisal Shaheen said that it was being successfully carried out in Saudi Arabia and plans were underway to expand the activity by building more facilities and creating awareness on the subject.  Brain deaths in Saudi Arabia are regularly reported and staff of the transplant centre was deputed at health facilities to record such deaths.  There was no opposition to this procedure in Saudi Arabia because of Fatwa favoring organ donation.

Prof.Adibul Hassan Rizvi in his speech thanked Suleman Dawood family for their financial assistance to SIUT especially in setting up this new facility. This center, he said, was designed to meet the future challenges of transplantation science. This 100-bed transplant center has integrated facilities of intensive care unit, transplant wards, a pre-transplant unit, a donor ward and radiology section, OPD Clinic, state of the art modern operation theatre, laboratory and rehabilitation center. It will provide facilities for multiorgan transplants including liver, intestine, pancreas, bone marrow and cornea.

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