PETALING JAYA: Organ donation campaigns kicked off at 76 locations around the country, hoping to rope in 6,000 new donors.
Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Hilmi Yahya said as of August this year, 308,299 Malaysians or 1.1% of the country’s population, had pledged to donate their organs.
“As of August this year, there are 19,507 Malaysians waiting to carry out organ transplant and most of them are kidney patients,” he added.
Earlier, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak tweeted that he had pledged as an organ donor. “When is your turn?” he wrote, posting a picture of the organ donor card.
In Sabah, Tawau General Hospital deputy director Dr Azman Ibrahim said over 300 people pledged to donate their organs at the hospital last year, thrice its target of 100.
Dr Azman said there was now greater awareness on organ donation among the people in the district, resulting in more people coming forward.
He said the hospital was committed to making the campaign a success by training its own personnel to pledge their organs as a way of promoting awareness.
“As such, we hope to get 600 organ donors this year, double the number for last year,” he added. — Bernama