Macau (MNA) – Organ donation in Macau might slowly be getting on track, that is according to the coordinator of the Organ Donation and Transplant Centre, Tai Wa Hou, on Thursday.
On the sidelines of a tour promoting influenza vaccinations today by the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture, the coordinator said that currently, there are an estimated 3,000 residents who have registered on the Health Bureau (SS) Organ Donation Promotional Group website to become organ donors.
Donors can choose what organs they want to donate after their death, ranging from the heart and lungs, to skin, blood vessels and skin.
In September of 2016, the first organ transplant was conducted at the Sao Januario Hospital and Mr. Tai said that another one is set to take place in the near future after tests are done to see if the organ donor is suitable.
At the moment, any local resident who requires an organ donation or transplant is sent to the Guangzhou Zhongshan University Affiliated Hospital to receive medical care, with 10 cases between 2016 to 2018 already sent to Hong Kong or Guangzhou.
In the words of Secretary Alexis Tam, “we have a lot of policies to help our patients, if they are not [able to be] treated well here in Macau, [then] we send them to some place like Hong Kong, like China-Guangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing, and it’s free.”
Health authorities are continuing to hold activities around Macau to better promote an awareness of organ donating, said Mr. Tai.