Kathmandu, April 22
The first International Organ Transplant Conference-2019 concluded here today.
The conference was organised jointly by Shahid Dharma Bhakta National Transplant Centre and Indian Transplant Society with the theme ‘Bridging gap’.
More than 300 participants, including transplant experts, organ donors and recipients and health workers, participated in the conference. A total of 30 transplant surgeons from the US, UK, Australia, Japan, Singapore, Sri Lanka and India participated in the event.
Speaking at the conference, Health Minister of Province 3 Surendra Kumar Yadav said the country had made significant progress in the field of organ transplant. He said organ transplant service was more affordable and reliable in the country in comparison to other countries. In the same way, Director at SDBNTC Dr Pukar Chandra Shrestha said the conference had been organised to make people aware about organ donation and to share knowledge about the latest practices and advanced technologies used in organ transplant.
He said the conference had helped bridge the gap between international transplant surgeons and health workers of the country.
Dr Shrestha informed that of the total transplant surgeries conducted at SDBNTC, 99 per cent were successful. Till now, 601 persons have under gone kidney transplant surgery and four have undergone liver transplant surgery at the hospital.
A version of this article appears in print on April 23, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.