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Organ Donors may be marked with ID cards Across KSA

RiyadhDr. Faisal Shaheen, Director of the Saudi Center for () told the Saudi Gazette on Thursday that in case of applying a new system under consideration by the Ministry of Interior in collaboration with the relevant government agencies, individuals wish to donate their vital organs upon their death and those not will be identified by . Dr. Shaheen said “SCOT has formed a committee to discuss the issue based on the instructions of the Council of Ministers. Once the study is complete, the final draft will be submitted for approval to the government. More than three million people in the Kingdom have signed organ donation cards and he stressed the importance of benefiting from patients who die in ICU who represent 14 percent of all those who die in the Kingdom’s hospitals”.

He hops that the rate of kidney transplantation to patients suffering from renal failure will be increased to 600 kidneys, although renal patients in the Kingdom need 1,200 kidneys yearly. Also he expects that this step will help to increase the number of donors and alleviate the suffering of patients. The endorsement of the Charitable Foundation for Promoting Organ Donation () was given to the government for encourages citizens and expatriates to donate organs.

Dr. Basem Futa, member of the executive board of the (CFPOD) commented “This is a laudable move which should be supported by the people. This year the foundation will be launching a Kingdom-wide awareness campaign urging people to register in the organ donation initiative”. Lately, an agreement was signed between the Salmaniya Medical Complex in Bahrain and the Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation in . This cooperation will enhance organ transplant between the two neighboring Gulf countries.

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