More Organ Pledgers Needed To Meet Rising Demand For Transplants

National News Agency of Malaysia | Norshazlina Nor'azman

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 1 (Bernama) -- As demand for organ transplants in Malaysia outweigh the number of available donors, the list of patients awaiting organ transplants is growing longer with each passing year.

As of July this year, a total of 305,845 Malaysians had registered themselves as organ donors, a paltry figure in comparison with the nation's estimated 30 million population.

A total of 19,564 patients have been diagnosed of critical kidney, liver, heart and lung failure as of July, with a bulk of them - 19,564 - in need of kidney transplants. Six require heart transplants; another six, liver; and four others, lung; while the remaining seven need both heart and lung transplants.

Unfortunately, between 1976 - when organ donation started in Malaysia - and up to July this year, only 551 donors, including 51 this year, have had their organs and tissues harvested (some of these donors had not registered or pledged to donate their organs earlier).


What can Malaysians do to increase the supply of organs for donation?

The Health Ministry's National Transplant Resource Centre (NTRC) Chief Clinical Manager Datin Dr Fadhilah Zowyah Lela Yasin Mansor said pledging to donate one's organs and tissues, such as kidneys, liver, heart, lungs, cornea, bones and skin, would be the most effective step towards enhancing organ availability. Continue reading

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