The Federal Ministry of Health says it has noted with great concern and condemns in totality the barbaric, inhuman and criminal practice of kidney trafficking revealed in a recent media report.
The ministry was responding to a report published by the Daily Trust newspaper titled “Inside Abuja’s Kidney Market where the Rich Prey on the Poor in the FCT”.
Patricia Deworitshe, Director, Media and Public Relations, in the ministry, said in a press release, “We acknowledge the pain of those affected and wish to let the public know that the National Health Act (NHA) 2014, Sections 51-56, prohibits such illegality.
“Persons who contravene or fail to comply with the provisions of the section commit an offence and is liable on conviction or a fine of N1,000,000 or imprisonment of not less than two years or both.
“It is pertinent to note that both the seller and the buyers of this illegal trade as well as the medical practitioners and facilities where this criminal act is being performed will face the full wrath of the law.”
According to her, donation of kidneys should be on informed consent of the donor, done based on medical advice with privileged information about the process in order to save lives.
“However, the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) is looking into allegations levelled against medical practitioners engaged in such activities,” she added.
Deworitshe said while the Federal Ministry of Health remains committed to improving regulatory standards and practices to enhance effective and efficient healthcare system in line with the renewed hope agenda, “the public is hereby advised not to engage in such illegal practices and should contact the Federal Ministry of Health on 08033228978 for any information that can lead to the arrest of such perpetrators.”