KPK’s only free kidney transplant surgeon has retired, leaving the province in distress

The Provincial Doctors Association (PDA) has requested the government to grant an extension or rehire Prof Malik's services so that the patients can avail of the free facility.

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On Tuesday, Prof Dr. Asif Malik, the only transplant surgeon in KPK’s public sector hospitals, retired. His retirement has terminated the renal transplant surgeries in the province and shattered the dreams of 70 patients waiting for their free procedures to regain healthy kidneys at the Institute of Kidney Diseases (IKD), Peshawar.

While speaking to a media outlet, The Provincial Doctors Association (PDA) ‘s Chairman, Dr. Zubair Tahir, said:

The IKD is the only transplant center that has been performing successful free renal transplants. Prof Malik’s retirement has created a big vacuum. Uncertainty surrounds procedures to be performed at the Institute of Kidney Diseases. The prevalence of renal failure cases is very high.

It should be noted that IKD has successfully delivered free kidney transplants to over 30 patients, including 40 Afghan nationals. Prof Asif Malik led all these surgeries along with his team of doctors. His retirement has put many patients under stress as a renal transplant in private hospitals costs approximately Rs. 2 million.

The Provincial Doctors Association (PDA) has requested the government to grant an extension or rehire Prof Malik’s services so that the patients can avail of the free facility.

Dr. Tahir, a urologist, also said:

Prof Malik, who has all the relevant experience, should be requested to stay on.

Doctors at the IKD said:

Most patients came to IKD for transplant only to avail of Prof Malik’s services. Now those on the waiting list would not be able to get their surgeries done as he has retired. About a dozen patients had already arranged donors. They completed other legal formalities in line with the MTRA. Still, they have virtually lost the opportunity of free procedures, and their future is uncertain as they cannot afford the cost of private transplants.

The IKD doctors have urged the government to retain Prof Malik’s services and save the waitlist patients’ lives. They claimed:

Prof Malik was indispensable and had no substitution because he was the only renal transplant surgeon at the public sector hospital.

It is pertinent to mention that recently the government granted an extension to an LRH professor, even though other similar specialists were present.

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