The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, on Wednesday urged Nigerians to patronise only accredited health institutions in order not to fall prey to those harvesting kidneys illegally in some countries.
Adewole made the call while answering questions from State House correspondents at the end of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said his ministry’s recent warning on the matter was based on the periodical information it got from relevant government agencies.
He expressed the belief that once the country rebuilds its health infrastructure, Nigerians would be spared the agony of falling victims of some of the illegal practices.
Adewole said, “With respect to the harvest of organs, we receive advice periodically from the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and from National Security Adviser about goings on around the world..
“One of such is the harvest of organ illegally and it is our duty to alert Nigerians that this is ongoing, they should be careful, they should seek advice, they should patronise only accredited institution.
“And as we rebuild our health infrastructure, there will be less need for anybody to travel out and so we spare Nigerians the agony of falling victims of some of these illegal practices.”
Source: The Punch News