Facilities are being increased to obtain kidneys for transplants. A special national programme is being launched for the donation of organs.
So far kidneys could be obtained for transplanting to patients in Sri Lanka through their relatives, Buddhist monks and other donors. The new programmes is jointly being implemented by the Health Ministry, the Kidney Transplant Support Foundation of Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka Kidney Foundation. Under the new programme patients will be able to receive kidneys from persons who are not related and from those who are killed and declared brain dead following accidents.
A large number of people are registered in a data base in the internet. More than 1000 people have agreed to donate their kidneys following their deaths. Nine have expressed desire to donate a kidney while they are alive. The Ministry is making the registrations at 20 hospitals for the convenience of the donors.
The first kidney donated under the programme was successfully transplanted in Kandy General Hospital. Chammika Rajapaksa who is a father of two, donated a kidney to army sergeant Mahinda Wijebandara. The doctors said the condition of both is satisfactory.