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Public reluctant to discuss about organ donation

26th July, 2018

KOTA KINABALU: Healthcare frontliners play an important role in promoting organ donation awareness to the public, said Low Lieh Yong, Sabah Regional Transplant Coordinator.

Asia Metropolitan College (AMC) in collaboration with Sabah Transplant Resource Centre, Queen Elizabeth Hospital organised an event to create awareness among students in AMC studying in pharmacy, physiotherapy, medical laboratory and nursing program.

In his talk, Low said the public reluctant to discuss about organ donation due to perception and lack of correct information about it.

Organ donation is noble and supported by major religions, it allows us to do good even after our passing. Hence, healthcare personnel plays important role so that the right information can be delivered correctly.

Up to date, there are more than 21,000 patients in the national transplant waiting list but only 35 actual donations were reported last year.

This is worrying because if anyone of us or our family member suffered organ failure and required transplant, chances to get transplant will be very slim. The public can contact National Transplant Resource Centre at toll free number 1800-88-9080 for more information about organ donation.

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