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Duped into selling his kidney, this 23-year-old exposed an illegal organ racket in Mumbai | ‘Vascular surgery still a neglected field in India’

Sundar Singh Jatav at first declined to sell a kidney. But then he was told that donating a kidney was no different than giving blood. One day his kidney was removed. But he was never paid.

Duped into selling his kidney, this 23-year-old exposed an illegal organ racket in Mumbai

Mumbai: Sundar Singh Jatav, struggling in a menial job at a video game shop, at first declined to sell a kidney. But then the agent, Iqbal Siddiqui, put him in touch with a sweet-talking man Sandeep who arranged for him to visit Hiranandani Hospital. There, Jatav reportedly sat in a room with three doctors who told him that donating a kidney was no different than giving blood. Sandeep did not offer Jatav a specific price for his kidney, saying only that it would be enough to pay off his family’s debt. Jatav never saw the donor forms that were submitted on his behalf. He was admitted to the hospital on March 15 after undergoing blood tests. Two days later, his kidney was removed. Within a week, he was discharged. But he was never paid. This eventually led Jatav expose a high-level kidney trafficking network inside one of the most reputed hospitals in Mumbai.

‘Vascular surgery still a neglected field in India’

Bengaluru: Vascular surgery is still a neglected specialty in the country, said experts at the 23rd annual conference of the Vascular Society of India held here on Thursday. “Even AIIMS does not have a dedicated department for vascular surgery. When you have so many smokers and diabetics, it should be the priority of the government. But repeated pleas to the health ministry have fallen on deaf ears,” said Dr V S Bedi, chairman, department of peripheral vascular and endovascular surgery, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi.

Kolkata doctor arrested for ‘molesting’ patient in his chamber

Kolkata: Dr Dhiman Ganguly, a pulmonologist, was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly molesting a patient by touching her inappropriately when no one else was present in the chamber. The police said that the incident was reported from Phoolbagan area’s Suraksha Polyclinic on Sunday morning.

Close down family planning sterilisation camps, Supreme Court tells government

New Delhi; The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the central government to persuade the states to halt the holding of sterilisation camps with well-equipped primary health care centres taking over the role. Besides calling for a halt to the sterilisation camps, the court said that there should not be any targets for the implementation of the sterilisation programme.

Glenmark gets US FDA nod for skin lesion treatment gel

New Delhi: Glenmark Pharmaceuticals has received final approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) for generic Diclofenac Sodium gel, 3 per cent used for treatment of skin lesions. The product is a generic version of Fougera Pharmaceuticals’ Solaraze gel, 3 per cent. Solaraze (diclofenac sodium) gel is indicated for the topical treatment of actinic keratosis.

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