Friday, 03 December 2021 07:23 GMT

25% of adult population registered as organ donors in Qatar: Official


(MENAFN- The Peninsula) Over 463,000 people from over 100 nationalities in the country have registered as donors with Qatar's organ donor registry, according to an official. 

This number constitutes 25 percent of Qatar's adult population.

Speaking to The Peninsula on sidelines of a press conference recently, Director of Qatar Organ Donation Center (Hiba) Dr. Riyadh Fadhil said that the number of registered donors in Qatar is much higher compared to other countries. 

“Having 25% of the adult population as registered donors is not similar to any country in the eastern part of the world,” he said. 

As a result of ongoing national level awareness campaigns, the Organ Donor Registry receives increased number of people to register as potential donors on a daily basis.

As per recent statistics in 2019, more than 20 percent of Qatar's adult population was registered with the Qatar's organ donor registry. In May 2019 more than 345,000 were registered as potential organ donors and it increased by more than 107,000 in June 2021.

The organ donor registry is a national, confidential list of individuals who have agreed to donate their organs after their death. It can be quickly accessed in the event of a death to see whether an individual has registered their willingness to be an organ donor. Qatar has a single waiting list for organ transplantation with unbiased access to transplant services, irrespective of nationality.

An organ transplant can be a life-saving procedure. It can also significantly improve the quality of life for someone with chronic organ failure. A deceased organ donor can save up to eight lives.

It is also possible to donate a kidney or part of the liver while alive. Currently, Qatar offers kidney, liver and lung transplantation programmes.  Lung transplant is the latest programme introduced in Qatar and the first surgery was conducted in June 2021. 

According to Dr. Fadhil, the lung was taken from a deceased donor. He re-emphasised on how such donors can save lives.“These life-saving organs come from deceased donors who have pledged during their lifetime to give their organs to someone in need,” he said.

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