Renowned doctors involve with the game
The syndicate manages kidney from the poor and needy people with low prices and then supplies to rich people in exchange of high prices
Golam Mostafa Jibon : Terrible syndicates of kidney selling and purchasing have become active in different social media to carry their illegal business across the country on the top of nose of the authorities concerned.
There is allegation that a number of doctors in different renowned hospitals and clinics including Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) are also involved with the illegal practices.
They are taking shelter of various tactics to fraud the people taking advantage of crisis moment. They are carrying communication through online. Poor, ultra poor and illiterate people of different isolated areas like Rangpur, Dinajpur, Kurigram, Thakurgaon, Gaibandha, Lalmonirhat and Panchagorh are their main target area. The syndicate manages kidney from the poor and needy people with low prices and then supplies to rich people in exchange of high prices. Many of them supply kidney to the Bangladeshi patients, who take treatment from different hospitals of India and some other countries. As middlemen, they grab good sum of commission from the both sides-sellers and purchasers.
Selling of kidney is an offense by the law. Besides, none except close relatives of the patients can be allowed to transplant kidney as per the rule. But, members of the brokers’ syndicate are involved with kidney supplying to the patients after collecting from different needy persons in exchange of money. Sometimes, the kidney providers disguise relatives of the patients preparing fake documents through affidavit. Around 15 syndicates are still active across the country.
According to the sources, kidney transplant activities run slightly in Dhaka. Consequently, patients feel comfort in transplanting kidney as per their need after going to neighboring country India. Besides, the cost of kidney transplant in India is cheaper than other countries. Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai are famous for kidney transplant.
Dr Md Nizam Uddin Chowdhury, Head of the Kidney Disease Department in DMCH said, “All patients of Bangladesh don’t have capacity to purchase kidney with high prices for transplant. Besides, it is not possible to fulfill the demand of huge kidneys in the country. Consequently, most of the kidney patients live by dialysis. Transplant of kidney without between own relatives is punishable offense. But, brokers’ syndicate manages kidney in exchange of money from different needy and poor people especially day labouers, rickshaw pullers, farmers and fishermen at remote areas. In cases, they prepare fake documents of relationship by affidavit.
The government should be more active in this regard to stop such malpractices, he added.
Abdul Baten, Additional Commissioner of DMP Detective Branch said, “Police in several drives arrested many members of fraud syndicate on the basis of specific complaints. During the interrogation, the arrested confessed that, they do so in greed of money. They allure poor and ultra poor people and encourage them to provide kidney in exchange of money. In the total process, they also face many risks. However, they continue such dealing as they get a good sum of commission from it.
Intelligence sources said that, social media are now being used in this purpose. Brokers are running such activities opening several groups and pages. Even, many are carrying publicity in technically from their fake ID.
Police are also working to nab the syndicate members, sources claimed.
Crime Specialist Towhidul Haque, also Professor of Dhaka University said, “It’s a clear crime. Poverty stricken people of different areas fall in the trap of swindling syndicate. Such crimes would come to reduce, If the relevant law is applied properly.”