MUSCAT: Organ donation is gathering pace in unbelievable way as it is also carried out according to laws and procedures determined by medicine, law and Sharia. Ever since the Omani Association for Organ Transplantation was established in June of last year came, organ donations has helped save a dozen lives of the citizen alone according to a recent data.
“We witness increasing awareness on donation of organs and an increasing number of people registering through ‘Shifa Application’ for donation of organs following death, which is something very positive. We are working on analysing details of the donors,” said Dr. Ahmed bin Said Al Busaidi, Supervisor of the National Organ Transplant Programme at the Ministry of Health, while presiding over the national programme on organ transplantation.
He said the Sultanate, represented by the Ministry of Health, stresses the necessity of advancing and regulating organ transplant operations and producing a qualified national medical cadre to offer such services and stressed on developing other services during such medical interventions.
“The Ministry is also working on reviewing and updating laws, regulations and a code of ethics that guarantee the rights and safety of donors and patients alike,” he said.
“The establishment of Oman Centre for Organ Transplantation is clear evidence of the His Majesty Sultan Haitham Bin Tarik’s concern for the growth of this branch of medicine, adding that the centre represents a qualitative shift in the development of the national programme for organ transplantation,” he pointed out.
The Ministerial Decision issued by the Ministry of Health last March on the initiation of the national programme regulating transplant of organs and human tissues aims to develop this service through completion of all components of the programme, including dissemination of awareness among all sectors of the society on the significance of donating organs before or after death, he said.
The decision also aims to set up treatment and clinical therapy protocols along with establishment of a database, including registration of all patients who require organ transplant and their registration in a common national waiting list.
He pointed out that the establishment of the Omani Association for Organ Transplantation under the umbrella of the Omani Medical Association in June of last year came to contribute to raising the community’s awareness of the importance of this noble humanitarian work, as the deceased donor can contribute to saving the lives of 8 patients.
“Community members, citizens and residents, should take the initiative to donate organs after death through the ‘Shifaa’ application of the Ministry of Health, to contribute to giving hope to patients waiting for organ transplants,” he concluded.
Dr. Nevin bin Ibrahim Al-Kalbania, Head of the Organ Transplant Department at the Royal Hospital, member of the National Committee for Organ and Tissue Transplantation, said that the number of people registered in the Ministry of Health’s ‘Shifaa’ application for organ donation after death is constantly rising with the launch of the application in December of last year, where 15 organ transplants since October last year, including seven kidney transplants and eight liver transplants, and kidney transplants for two children from a brain-dead donor last March.
She added that work is currently underway to increase the number of transplanted cases in the Sultanate and to gradually increase the difficulty and complexity of development in providing this necessary service, pointing out that the statistics are important as they will reflect the culture of organ donation in the Sultanate and work on studying it annually, and its importance lies in knowing the challenges and removing them.
She pointed out that the number of patients who suffer from chronic failure in the functions of vital organs is increasing, whether locally or globally, and there are many causes, including modern diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity in adults, including genetic causes and congenital malformations.