We don’t buy kidneys, KNH tells Kenyans

We don’t buy kidneys, KNH tells Kenyans

By Peter Ochieng

The Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) Management has ruled out the possibility of buying organs from Kenyans, stating that the business is illegal in the Country.

The hospital on Monday, June 20, 2022 shared a poster on social media, with words, “WE DON’T BUY KIDNEYS” as a warning to Kenyans that the institution was not into the body organs business.

According to the institution, Kenyans have been reaching out requesting to know how much they can get from selling their kidneys.

But the hospital maintain the business is illegal in the Country.

“How much for my kidney? is our most inboxed question,” states KNH’s statement.

However, various body organs like the kidney can be given out freely, in a bid to save life.

“Please note that organ sale is strictly prohibited and illegal. You can only donate out of free will.”

The World Health Organization (WHO), says that organ trade is a commercial transplantation where there is a profit, or transplantations that occur outside of national medical systems.

WHO adds that there is a global need or demand for healthy body parts for transplantation, which exceeds the numbers available.

WHO estimates that as of January 2020, there were more than 100,000 candidates waiting for organ transplant in the United States, alone with kidney, heart and liver being top on the list.

There is a worldwide shortage of organs available for transplantation.

However, commercial trade of human organs is illegal in all countries except Iran.

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