Only 1% of Malaysians are do­nat­ing their or­gans

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

ONLY 1% of Malaysia’s pop­u­la­tion have pledged to do­nate their or­gans upon death, the De­wan Rakyat was told.

Deputy Health Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Ya­haya said a to­tal of 381,353 peo­ple had signed up as or­gan donors as of Jan 31.

The num­ber, he said, was too low as it only rep­re­sents 1% of the pop­u­la­tion.

The Health Min­istry, he said, would con­tinue to carry out pro­grammes tar­geted at rais­ing aware­ness on or­gan do­na­tion.

“The num­ber of Malaysians who have pledged their or­gans for do­na­tion is con­sid­ered low com­pared to de­vel­oped coun­tries where their num­bers are as high as 30% to 40% of the pop­u­la­tion,” he said in re­ply to a ques­tion from Datul Fauzi Za­hari (BN­Se­ti­awangsa) dur­ing ques­tion time.

Fauzi had asked the Health Min­istry to state the fig­ures of those who had pledged to do­nate their or­gans and the statis­tics of pa­tients who are in the Gov­ern­ment's wait­ing list.

Hilmi also re­vealed that kid­ney pa­tients were the ma­jor­ity wait­ing for or­gan trans­plants, with 31,084 pa­tients na­tion­wide.

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