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Friday, August 19, 2016, 21:45

HK still needs to boost its transplantation development: Ko

By Willa Wu

HONG KONG - Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man said on Friday the city still has room to improve its transplantation system.

At the opening ceremony of the 26th International Congress of the Transplantation Society, Ko revealed that there are 2,000 patients in the city waiting for organ donation every year. Yet the annual number of suitable donors is around 200.

He added that half of suitable donors could not donate their organs as their families declined to do so.

Speaking to the media after the ceremony, Ko said the Hong Kong government is working on several ways to enhance the city's organ donation rate, like conducting an extensive survey on people's acceptance to organ donation and to legislating organ donation-related laws and regulations.

Meanwhile, he also made an appeal to doctors hoping they can provide more organ donation information to families who have kin pronounced brain dead.

Hong Kong now has nine organ donation coordinators and Ko said the government is reviewing the personnel capacity to see whether it can cater to the 7 million-plus population.

The conference, held from Aug 18 to 23 and marking the 50th anniversary of the Transplantation Society, consists of both academic forums and press conferences to introduce the world's transplantation development.

It is the first time for Hong Kong to hold such a world-class transplantation event, and the congress has attracted more than 2,000 participants, according to the organizer.

The congress has a China-focused symposium demonstrating the country's organ donation and transplantation situation after it went through several reforms since 2015. Ko said he believes China has changed and progressed after the reforms.

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