Lee: Only 1.1% of M’sians have pledged organs


PETALING JAYA: Only 1.1% of Malaysians have pledged their organs for donation. In other nations, up to 30% of the population pledge to donate their organs.

“2015 also saw 71 actual donors, up from 2014’s 65,” said National Organ Donation Public Awareness Action Committee chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye (pic).

Currently, there are nearly 19,500 patients waiting for organs with the bulk of them requiring kidneys.

Seven require livers, four need hearts and three are looking for lungs. Five require both heart and lungs.

Dr Fadhilah Zowyah Lela Yasmin Binti Mansor, chief clinical manager of the National Transplant Resource Centre, said there were many misconceptions about organ donation, and the Committee had come up with information cards to get rid of rumours. Continue reading