Organ and tissue donation and transplantation is a life alternative and a necessary intervention to advance access and universal coverage. Therefore, the head of the Ministry of Health (SSa), Jorge Alcocer, pointed out that one of his objectives is to promote this voluntary, altruistic, anonymous and supportive way of saving lives. Especially because from the current pandemic there has been a significant decline.
During the virtual ceremony for the National Day of Donation and Transplantation of Organs and Tissues 2021, the need to direct efforts towards a national preventive health policy, since approximately 80 percent of people with chronic kidney disease can access a dialysis therapy, dramatically limiting their quality and life expectancy.
Current national panorama
Of the waiting patients, only one in five obtains the benefit of the transplant, mainly from a living donor, family member or a compatible person. Today more than ever, citizen participation and strategic inter-institutional linkage is necessary to have a more effective and efficient National Subsystem for Donation and Transplantation, because each altruistic act of this type is a Life expectancy.
He thanked the participation and efforts made by the institutions and state and federal governments, especially the health personnel involved in these processes, for seeking the greatest benefit and safety every day for recipients and donors of organs and tissues, and He recognized relatives of deceased donors and living donors, whom he pointed to as an example that inspires other people.
Where is the registry for organ donation carried out?
He also invited the population to be part of the change by registering as voluntary donors in the Official site from the National Transplant Center (Cenatra). In this way you can help to achieve real changes.
For his part, the head of the Coordinating Commission of National Institutes of Health and High Specialty Hospitals (CCINSHAE), Gustavo Reyes Terán, reported that, until September 21, 2021, 23 thousand 455 people were registered on the waiting list of a transplant. Of these, 17,399 require a kidney; five thousand 675, cornea; 313, liver and 52, heart.
Reyes Terán said that the donation and organ and tissue transplantation They allow to improve the quality of life and the reincorporation to the productive activities of patients who need to replace the function of an organ or tissue, and for many of them this therapeutic alternative is their last chance of life.
He added that in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cenatra designed the plan to reactivate donation and transplantation programs, with the aim of providing continuity to the care of people who need an organ, having trained personnel and with organs and tissues donated for transplantation purposes.
In this sense, he highlighted the need for solidarity action by all levels of government, civil society organizations and health institutions so that actions in favor of the culture of donation are strengthened.
It also reported on the implementation of a plan to reactivate organ and tissue donation during the COVID-19 pandemic and reported that from August 2020 to date this activity has recovered by 47 percent.
In her speech, the head of the National System for the Integral Development of the Family (SNDIF), María del Rocío García Pérez, highlighted that the COVID-19 pandemic aggravated the need for this type of surgical intervention. Data from the World Transplant Report indicate that, in 2020, 122 thousand 341 transplants were performed in 82 countries, which represented a reduction of 18 percent compared to 2019.
The Secretary of Health of Nuevo León, Manuel De la O Cavazos, emphasized the need to increase the culture of transplant donation, since only in that entity 1,339 people need an organ, so he pronounced himself to modify the State Health Law to facilitate the process.
In his participation, the director of the Nuevo León State Transplant Center, Homero Zapata Chavira, highlighted that the entity is at the forefront in organ and tissue donation and transplantation and has established itself as a national leader in lung transplantation. It also ranks second in the cornea and cardiac. They have two banks: one for bone and the other for corneas, and 26 hospitals dedicated to this activity.