MUSCAT – The Ministry of Health represented by the National Programme for Organ Transplant Department marked today the Omani Organ Donation Day.
The event was held under the auspices of HH Sayyid Kamil Fahd Al Said, Secretary-General at the Secretariat-General for the Council of Ministers.
This celebration comes as a continuation of the efforts of the Ministry of Health, represented by the National Organ Transplant Programme Department, to raise awareness on the importance of organ donation.
The event aims at raising community awareness regarding the importance of organ donation as a humanitarian act and a generous initiative that is considered an appropriate solution to organic failure such as kidney failure, liver failure, and other ailments from which millions of patients suffer worldwide.
The ceremony included a presentation by Dr. Ahmed Al Busaidi, Director of the National Organ Transplant Programme Department, who highlighted what was accomplished during the year, especially the increase in the number of kidney transplant operations, as 17 kidneys were transplanted this year, the activation of the corneal transplant programme and the start of corneal transplant operations and the increase in the number of registered people in Shifa application for post-mortem organ donation for more than 11,000 registered people.
Moreover, several living organ donors and relatives of posthumous organ donors were honored in the event. A three-day organ donation training course was launched in cooperation with the Donation Transplantation Institute, Spain.
Further, the Ministry of Health has activated a programme that allows the expressing of desire to donate organs after death by registering in the Shifa application.