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Be a lifeline, donate an organ
By: Lorenzo O. Lambatin Jr.
Wednesday 6th of November 2013

NEGROS OCC. November 6 (PIA6)—People’s misconception about organ donation is a challenge to the Philippine Organ Donation and Transplantation Program(PODTP).

PODTP Program Head, Dr. Antonio Paraiso said we have a thinking about organ donation that Westerners do not have.Citing Spain, he said that organ donation is 34 percent per 100 million populations while the Philippines has only  .3 percent.

He said organ donation is good for the donor, his or her friends and relatives who may have future need of the organ and stressed that donating one’s organ is an acceptable act.

To promote organ donation in the country, PODTP is supporting the Philippine Network for Organ Sharing that facilitates and outlines policies for efficient organ donation process. They have also adopted the tagline, I am a lifeline.

In the Visayas, the Vicente Sotto Medical Center in Cebu city was chosen as the organ center because of its medical capability while Dr. Pablo Torre memorial Hospital or Riverside Medical Center acts as one of its links in Negros Occ.

Vigorous campaign is now being pushed for kidney donation in the country to go up as,  170 people for every 100 million Filipino population have kidney failure and are undergoing dialysis. Soon, they will need to undergo kidney transplant, he added.

NSO records also show kidney failure is the 8th most common cause of death in the country as Philhealth reports biggest medical claim come from this disease.

Paraiso said the government has big dreams for the health sector as they are also planning to go into lung, heart and liver transplants.

Under his supervision, the PODTP currently do bone marrow, skin and eyes transplant. (JCM/LOL/PIA6)

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