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Kyrgyzstanis not examined in Kazakhstan after organs sale scandal

Kyrgyzstanis can’t undergo tests in Kazakhstan after a scandal around sale of organs. The Head Surgeon of the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic Nurlan Galbaev told 24.kg news agency.

According to him, the laboratory service in the country is not developed, therefore, tests were temporary made in the neighboring republic. However, laboratory tests of foreign citizens were banned there.

«We are actively working on this. The health ministers of the two countries met, and an oral agreement was reached on examinations at the Republican Blood Center of the Republic of Kazakhstan. We are waiting for written confirmation, then we will be able to continue operations,» said Nurlan Galbaev.

According to him, 38 organ transplant operations have been carried out in Kyrgyzstan since 2010. About 25 of them were performed on the basis of the National Center of Maternal and Childhood Welfare, other 10 — on the basis of the Research Institute of Heart Surgery and Organ Transplantation. In 2019, eight kidney transplant surgeries were conducted on the basis of the National Center for Maternal and Childhood Welfare.

According to the Ministry of Health, 1,500 people undergo hemodialysis procedure in Kyrgyzstan. Many of them need kidney transplant surgery.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan previously reported that citizens of Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine sold kidneys for transplantation due to difficult financial conditions. Kazakh transplantologists have been detained.