KOTA KINABALU – The number of Malaysians who have pledged to donate their organs as at Oct is 362,667.
This is based on National Organ Donor statistics dating back from 1997, according to National Organ Donation Public Awareness Action Committee chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.
Of the figure, 13,448 are from Sabah, which is currently placed eighth in the statistics, he said.
He said the number did not include new pledgers who registered during the roadshow in conjunction with Organ Donation Awareness Week held nationwide on Oct 8.
“The campaign succeeded in getting 7,511 new pledges where Sabah, which carried it out in 16 districts, recorded 992,” he told reporters here today.
Earlier, he flagged off participants of the ‘Fun Walk for Organ 2016’ organised by Queen Elizabeth 2 Hospital’s Tissue and Organ Procurement team, with the cooperation of the Sabah Transplant Coordinators Association.
A total of 1,083 people joined the event aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle aside from increasing awareness on the importance of organ donation.
“Although the statistics have shown an increase, a lot still needs to be done to instil awareness and persuade more people to pledge.
“This is because 20,774 patients are still in the waiting list for organ transplants as at August this year,” he said.
Meanwhile, Sabah Health director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi said organ donation awareness among residents in Sabah had improved as shown by the increase in pledges.
As at October this year, 5,056 people had registered to be organ donors as compared to 3,190, in the same period last year, she said. – BERNAMA