Makerere University Sets Up facility to store body parts
Makerere University has set up a facility to store body parts in a drive to save Ugandans the high cost of travelling abroad to do transplant.
The developers say this will help patients in need of medical help and transplant to get it for free.
Presenting to the University and the National Research and Innovation Fund, Prof. Moses Majobe, the lead investigator into the banking of body parts yesterday said they have put in place strategies to survive ethical and social concerns around their development.
This development comes weeks after the Parliament of Uganda enacted a law criminalising human sacrifice and the June cabinet approval of Human Organ Donation and Tissue Transplant Bill, 2020.
Although there is no specific Law against possession or exchange of body parts.
This facility is located at the University hospital where Ovums, sperms and umbilical cord blood and stem cells are being stored according to Majobe.
Sperms and ovums are donated by volunteers to be given to people with fertility issues. However, soldiers and the Youth can store these for safety which attracts some charges experts say.
Joloba noted that patients will access these organs for free since the hospital receives them free through citizen donations.
This is one of the projects undertaken under the Shs30billion Makerere University Research and Innovation Fund (Mak-RIF) donated by the government of Uganda to support research and Innovation.
Prof. Jolobe asked the government to provide them with Shs100 billion to expand the facility to avoid heavy spending by Ugandans on moving abroad to do transplant.
Prof. William Bazeyo, the head of NRIF at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation said they are now focusing on supporting innovators to commercialise their products to create jobs for Ugandans.