THERE is a pressing need for Malaysians to become organ donors, especially since the waiting list for kidney transplant is up to 14,015 patients currently.
Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital director Dr Raja Lope Ahmad said despite the number of Malaysians pledging to donate their organs, it was still insufficient to meet the increasing demand.
“For example, the total number of patients requiring dialysis in 2001 was 7,837 but the number shot up to 22,932 last year, which showed that more people are being affected and require transplants,” he said.
For those who have pledged their organs, he said it was their family members or their next-of-kin who often objected to the deceased’s wishes to donate their organs.
“That is why we advise those who have pledged to inform their families and take the time to discuss the matter with them,” he said.