China to end pris­oner or­gan trans­plants

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

China will stop us­ing ex­e­cuted pris­on­ers as sources of or­gan trans­plants as of Jan 1, a for­mer Health Min­istry of­fi­cial said.

All or­gans needed in trans­plants will come solely from vol­un­tary do­na­tions from cit­i­zens, Huang Jiefu, for­mer vice-min­is­ter of Health said at a sem­i­nar by China’s Or­gan Pro­cure­ment Or­ga­ni­za­tion held in Kun­ming.

Be­cause of in­suf­fi­cient do­na­tions, ex­e­cuted pris­on­ers be­came the main source of or­gans. “Ev­ery year, around 300,000 pa­tients need or­gan trans­plants but only 10,000 surg­eries are per­formed,” said Huang at the sem­i­nar.

Chi­nese are much less will­ing to do­nate their or­gans after death com­pared to other coun­tries.

In China, about 65 per­cent of trans­planted or­gans are from the de­ceased, with ex­e­cuted pris­on­ers the source of more than 90 per­cent of them, Huang said.

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