Optimism expressed on organ donations
A former vice-minister of health said China's organ donations won't fall further short of demand after the suspension of using executed prisoners as a source of organs.
Huang Jiefu, a CPPCC member, said the country's organ donation situation in the first two months since the change has given him reason to be optimistic.
About 380 people donated organs between Jan 1 and March 3, with a total of 937 organs donated. Huang said he is confident that there will be more than 10,000 organs donated this year.
Since the controversial, decades-long practice of using executed prisoners’ organs ended in China on Jan 1, all organs now come solely from voluntary donations from citizens. This has prompted concerns about a greater shortage.
Last year saw about 1,700 cases of organ donation, with more than 5,000 organs donated. About 80 percent were donated by citizens, while 20 percent came from executed prisoners.