19,500 Malaysians on wait list for organ transplant

The Malay Mail | Kevin Wong

National Organ Donation Public Awareness Action Committee chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye (right) says the number of pledges has reached one per cent of the country's population. ― File pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 3 — The number of patients needing organ transplants is expected to rise due to more people leading unhealthy lifestyles and putting themselves at risk of acquiring a non-communicable disease (NCD), warned an organ transplant expert.

Currently, there are more than 19,000 Malaysians reported to be on the waiting list for an organ transplant.

National Transplant Resource Centre chief clinical manager Datin Dr Fadhilah Zowyah Mansor said while they encouraged people to become organ donors, the centre was also trying to get Malaysians to adopt a healthier lifestyle to lessen the chances of needing an organ transplant. Continue reading