Around 500,000 potential donors in the country have registered with Qatar’s organ donor registry, according to Dr. Yousef Al-Maslamani, Medical Director of Hamad General Hospital and Director of the Qatar Center for Organ Transplantation, as per a report on Al Sharq website.
Dr. Al-Maslamani announced during an interview on Qatar TV this Monday evening (21st February) that the number of signatories to the post-mortem organ donation form in Qatar has reached half a million people, which is a very large number in relation to the population.
Dr. Al Maslamani reiterated:
“Organ donation from the living and the donation from the brain-dead are halal. In the last meeting of the Ministry of Awqaf on modern scientific matters and fatwas, I asked them to raise the issue, and they said that it is over, and there are several jurisprudence councils that said that this matter is permissible.”
“The community's involvement in this issue is very important because they are the donors and without them there will be no program...without the entry of donors from the community there will be no listing for this program either in Qatar or outside Qatar.”
When asked about the latest organ transplant operations carried out in Qatar, Dr. Al-Maslamani said:
“Last June, we entered the lung transplant program and we had the first successful lung transplant operation in Qatar for a patient who is in good health.”
“We recently introduced the process of organ transplantation for people of different blood type because there are new medicines available that allow us to transfer organs from relatives even if they are different in blood type.”
As per Al Sharq, Dr. Al-Maslamani pointed out that there are organ donation offices in many malls and that whoever wants to donate organs must sign the form in addition to 2 witnesses, and that he is thus entered in the register of organ donors and their signature on this document is considered a will.
Source: Al Sharq
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