|The National Coordination Centre for Organ Transplantation and the Buddhism Fund held a ceremony at Giác Ngộ Pagoda in HCM City to encourage organ donations after death. — Photo Courtesy of the centre|
HCM City – As many as 449 people attending a ceremony last Sunday (Nov 28) signed a pledge to donate their organs after death to the National Coordination Centre for Organ Transplantation.
The centre, along with the Buddhism Fund, organised the ceremony at HCM City’s Giác Ngộ Pagoda to encourage organ donations.
According to Nguyễn Hoàng Phúc, deputy head of the centre, more than 16,000 people in the country have serious heart, kidney, liver and lung problems that could require organ transplants. More than 300,000 people have cornea problems which need surgery.
Phúc said there was a shortage of organs for transplantation. The ceremony to encourage organ donations is held regularly by the national centre at various locations in the country. — VNS