Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has launched a six-week organ donation campaign, urging members of the public to register as organ donors.
Staffs from the Qatar Organ Donation Centre (Hiba) are in booths in shopping malls and other prominent locations around the country starting from the first day of Ramadan with an aim to educate members of the public on organ donation in general and asking them to consider registering as a donor.
The public will be able to find out what it means to be a registered organ donor, how it can save the lives, as well as having their questions answered. They will be able to register as a donor on the spot and will receive their donor card.
Hanan al-Kuwari, Managing director of HMC, who launched the Ramadan campaign, said, "The more registered donors we have in Qatar, the more likely it is that no one will have to wait for a life-saving organ transplant. Many of our countries leading figures, including HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser and HE the Minister for Public Health, Abdullah bin Khalid al-Qahtani are registered organ donors."
Dr Riadh Fadhil, Director of Hiba, said he is hoping that by raising awareness, and by having an ever-growing donor registry, patients will no longer have to travel overseas for a transplant.
Fadhil also pointed out that under the Doha Donation Accord the donors and their families. For living donors health insurance for life, as well as covering any loss of income due to working days missed during the operation and recovery has been planned.
"We also support families of deceased patients to access all the benefits they are entitled to within human rights provisions. We ensure families who lose their sole breadwinner are supported financially and that all deceased patients are flown to their home country, or that funeral expenses are covered, if they are buried in Qatar," he added.
Dr Yousuf al-Maslamani, Medical director of Hamad General Hospital, added, "We have a team of highly skilled professionals working in organ donation and transplantation. We have state-of-the-art facilities and provide a safe and compassionate service that is recognised internationally and in keeping with best international standards, in contrast to the commercial transplantation done in some countries abroad that carries high mortality rates and the risk of serious complications."