Kuwait among the first Arab countries in the field of organ transplants, as it comes second in the Middle East, Chairman of Kuwait Transplant Society Dr. Mustafa Al-Musawi said Wednesday.
In a statement to KUNA on the sidelines of the 15th Congress of the Middle East Society for Organ Transplantation, which kicked off in the Jordanian capital Amman earlier evening, Al-Musawi said that the annual rate of kidney transplant is between 75 to 100 in Kuwait, noting that Pancreas transplant operations are also increasing.
Al-Musawi pointed out that preparations are underway to start with conducting liver transplant soon, according to the guidelines and directives from Kuwaiti Minister of Health Dr. Ali Al-Obaidi. Regarding participating in the congress, Al-Musawi stressed importance of such gathering, which brings together specialists and those who work in the field of organ transplant from various Middle Eastern countries, as well as from the United States, Australia and Europe.
He also said that the conference, which was hosted in 2006 by Kuwait, was "an ideal platform" for those working in the field to meet and exchange views on the matter. The three-day conference is participated by 31 countries, including discussion of 240 scientific papers on brain and heart transplants.