Ghanaians selling their Kidneys due to poverty

Health practitioners in the country are raising an alarm over a boom in the sale of Kidney among Ghanaians.

A high number of Ghanaians are reportedly selling their Kidneys due to poverty and the harsh economic conditions.

According to reports, some sell their kidney between 6000 and 10,000 dollars.

The country’s laws allow people to donate their extra kidney to support those in need but the law does not regulate mass sale.

Akpah Sylvester, project coordinator of Firm Health Ghana Foundation, a Tarkwa-based non-governmental organisation, aimed at promoting good kidney health through education, advocacy and support for assistance to get a buyer, said that on a weekly basis, he receives calls from individuals who are willing to sell-off one of their kidneys.

According to him, the development is very worrying.

“I think that from January to somewhere May alone, I got about six to 10 people calling me. Specifically I had six Ghanaians and four Nigerians calling me…it is actually a problem.

“Poverty is one of them, somebody feels now the system is too hard so then if this is the case then let me sell off one of my kidneys”.

Meanwhile, a founding member of the Kidney Foundation Dr. Opoku Gyimah has stated that the development is dangerous for those selling their Kidneys.