Record num­ber of or­gan do­na­tions

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Or­gan do­na­tions in China reached a record high last year, af­ter tak­ing or­gans from ex­e­cuted pris­on­ers was banned, said the for­mer vice-min­is­ter of Health.

In 2015, the num­ber of or­gan donors in China reached 2,766, and more than 10,000 trans­plant surg­eries were per­formed, out­num­ber­ing the to­tal for 2013 and 2014, Huang Jiefu said.

China stopped the use of or­gans from ex­e­cuted pris­on­ers for trans­plant surgery on Jan 1 last year, and vol­un­tary do­na­tions from cit­i­zens have be­come the only source.

“Last year the suc­cess rate of trans­plant surgery in China was also the high­est, as or­gans were do­nated from cit­i­zens rather than re­trieved from ex­e­cuted pris­on­ers,” said Huang, also chair­man of the Na­tional Or­gan Do­na­tion and Trans­plan­ta­tion Com­mit­tee.

Huang said he has made a pro­posal that kid­ney trans­plant surgery should be cov­ered by China’s ba­sic med­i­cal in­sur­ance sys­tem, so all those in need can ac­cess the ser­vice.

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