25 percent of adult population registered as organ donors in Qatar
According to an official, approximately 463,000 persons from over 100 nationalities have registered as organ donors with the country's organ donor registry, accounting for 25 percent of its adult population.
Director of Qatar Organ Donation Center (Hiba), Dr. Riyadh Fadhil, pointed out that the number of registered donors in Qatar is much higher compared to other countries.
According to him, it is unlike any other country in the eastern hemisphere to have 25 percent of the adult population registered as donors.
The Organ Donor Registry receives an increased number of persons registering as potential donors on a daily basis as a result of continuing national awareness efforts.
According to recent figures, more than 20 percent of Qatar's adult population was enrolled with the country's organ donor registry in 2019. More than 345,000 people registered as potential organ donors in May 2019, and that number climbed to more than 107,000 in June 2021.
The organ donor registry is a confidential national database of people who have consented to donate their organs after they die. It can be immediately accessed in the event of a death to see if someone has expressed an interest in being an organ donor. Qatar maintains a single organ transplant waiting list with equal access to transplant services for all nationalities.
An organ transplant can save a person's life. It can also help people with chronic organ failure enhance their quality of life. Up to eight lives can be saved by a deceased organ donor.
While alive, it is also possible to donate a kidney or a portion of the liver. Qatar now has programs for kidney, liver, and lung transplants.
Lung transplantation is the most recent program to be implemented in Qatar, with the first procedure taking place in June 2021.
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Source: The Peninsula