Or­gan Donors Needed!

HK Magazine - - NEWS -

A poll of Hong Kong res­i­dents by youth group Ju­nior Cham­ber In­ter­na­tional Vic­to­ria has found that de­spite more than 90 per­cent of 580 re­spon­dents say­ing that they would do­nate their or­gans af­ter death, only a third were reg­is­tered or­gan donors— and younger re­spon­dents were ac­tu­ally less likely to be reg­is­tered. Re­spon­dents said they had not reg­is­tered be­cause they didn’t know how to do so, what or­gan do­na­tions in­volved, or were un­sure if their fam­i­lies would ap­prove. Some 200,000 donors are listed on the govern­ment’s reg­is­ter— just 2.7 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion. Health chief Ko Wing-man at­trib­uted the low or­gan do­na­tion rate to tra­di­tional be­liefs. Our take: We’re all for tra­di­tion… but some tra­di­tions have to end. Reg­is­ter to be­come an or­gan donor at www.codr.gov.hk

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