DAVAO CITY, Oct. 10 (PIA) - The World Health Organization says only 10% of the total number of patients all over the world in need of organ transplants is able to acquire a donor.
As of last year, the number of deceased organ donations in the Philippines was recorded to be at only six. Because of this, the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) is going to follow an established approach, with the help of international partners in the field of medicine, in applying efficient strategies to invigorate the positive interest of the general public in organ transplantation through the use of various multimedia platforms.
According to the Organ Procurements Specialist of the SPMC Dr. Maria Theresa Bad-Ang, the first step in the advocacy to increase deceased donations is through the training of health care staff and increasing awareness.
"We need proper trainings. We need more awareness. We need more partners and protocoled structured hospital clinical activity are very necessary to improve donation and the transplantation program," said Dr. Bad-Ang
At present, health professionals in Davao are engaging in training with staff from the University of Barcelona in Spain and medical experts from Croatia and Portugal. This is to be able to efficiently increase the number of organ donations by tailoring the SPMC's facilities to its transplantation program.
Also, by being able to be mentored by partnered international medical professionals, health service providers will be able to gain knowledge on actual applied practices that worked for Portugal, Spain and Croatia.
Associate Professor for the University of Barcelona Melana Estrate M.D., is calling out on everybody to be open to organ donation as she herself has donated the right lobe of her liver to her mother.
"Organ donation needs to become a topic which is not taboo anymore - needs to become well known and every family should know that organ donation is an opportunity," Estrate said. (PIA XI/Kevin Caro)