MUAR: The false reports on organ sale, which went viral on social media lately, are believed to have turned off potential donors.
“The number of people pledging to donate organs this year is 40,000, down from 50,000 last year,” said Datin Dr Fadhilah Lela Yasmin Mansor, head of the National Transplant procurement management unit (clinical), Kuala Lumpur Hospital.
Before this, there was an uptrend in organ pledges, with 40,000 people in 2014, up from 20,000 in 2013.
She called on rumourmongers stop their action as it is not helping their good cause.
“The public should not believe such news because it is impossible to carry out organ transplants without proper equipment and specialists,” Dr Fadhilah told a media conference at the Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital here yesterday.
She said the organs that were pledged for donation included heart, cornea, lung, heart valve, liver, kidney, skin and bone.
She said although a person had pledged to donate organs, permission would still have to be obtained from the next-of-kin before the hospital could harvest any organ. — Bernama