Op­ti­mism ex­pressed on or­gan dona­tions

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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