R1MC campaigns for organ, tissue donation

THE Region 1 Medical Center (R1MC), in cooperation with the Department of Health (DOH) in the Ilocos Region, will launch an Organ and Tissue Donation Advocacy Campaign on June 25 to create awareness among families of deceased relatives to consider donating the latter’s organs.

Through the Philippine Organ Donation and Transplantation Program and the Philippine Network for Organ Sharing, the campaign aims to sustain awareness on deceased organ donation.

The campaign seeks to encourage families to consider organ donation of deceased relatives, including those who have been declared legally and medically brain dead, to help others in need of transplantation.

The passage of Republic Act No. 7170, otherwise known as the Organ Donation Act of 1991, as amended by Republic Act No. 7885, organ and tissue donations from donors who have been declared brain dead is now allowed.

Human transplantable organs include the kidneys, liver, lungs, heart, intestines, and pancreas, in addition to human tissues such as eye tissues (corneas, sclera, etc.), bones, skin and blood vessels.

Dr. Rehana Pallingayan, head of the organ procurement office of R1MC, said the event will boost the campaign on deceased organ donation among the existing network of medical facilities in Region 1. 

 Meanwhile, the DOH discourages incentivized organ donations, where living organ donors not related to the recipient are motivated by financial rewards as this system creates a risk for both the donor and the recipient, exposing them to further injury. (PIA Pangasinan/AMMB)

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