FG warns Nigerians travelling abroad for medical treatment, says organ theft on the increase

The Federal Ministry of Health says Nigerians travelling outside the country for medical attention should be very careful due to the rising cases of illegal organ harvesting by some hospitals.

The warning was contained in a letter written by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, addressed to the President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr Mike Ogirima and, signed by the Director of Hospital Services, Dr Wapada Balami; titled, ‘Re: 41 suspected illegal human kidney traffickers on trial in Egypt’.


  • The minister said Egypt had recently arraigned 41 suspects for illegal organ harvesting.
  • Adewole, therefore, urged the NMA President to ensure that people were informed of the dangers of undergoing surgeries abroad.
  • Some of the private hospitals which have been indicted in Egypt include Dar al-Shefa in Helwan Cairo; Al-Bashar Specialist Hospital in Faisal Giza; Al-Amal Centre for General Surgery in Mauritenya Giza and Dar Ibn Al-Nafis Hospital, Giza.
  • I am directed to inform you of the above subject matter and to inform you that information reaching the Presidency revealed that there is an increase in illegal harvesting and transplanting of human organs.”
  • “Presently, Egypt’s prosecutor-general arraigned 41 suspected human kidney traffickers.”
  • Kindly note and disseminate this information to doctors in the relevant specialities to be aware so that Nigerians will be circumspect while embarking on medical tourism in other countries.”

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