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Government to formulate policy to guide kidney transplant development

Published:Saturday | October 11, 2014 | 12:48 PM

The government is to formulate a national policy to guide the development of kidney transplant in Jamaica as a viable alternative to haemodialysis for persons with end stage renal disease.

Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson, who made the announcement, says his ministry is already looking at similar policies used in other jurisdictions.

Ferguson was speaking in Montego Bay yesterday at a ceremony hosted for the United Kingdom-based group Transplant Links Community and employees of the Cornwall Regional Hospital after they successfully carried out a number of kidney transplants for the second consecutive year.

He says in developing the kidney transplant policy the government will hold consultations with the various stakeholder groups in order to ensure that it is both workable and sustainable.


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