Record number of organ donations
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.