There are currently around 25,000 people who are registered as organ donors, Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne told The Malta Independent yesterday.
Earlier this year it has been reported that 14,216 people had registered as organ donors since the scheme was launched two years ago, which equates to approximately three per cent of the population.
Fearne said the government is working with employers and large firms, who are running their own drives to encourage employees to sign up as organ donors. He said that the government had expected around 10,000 people to sign up in the first year of the scheme but this target was exceeded and overall there has been a good response. The DPM said he hopes more people continue to register.
He said that one can register as an organ donor and choose whether to donate all their organs or specify which organs are to be donated. He said that registering as an organ donor is an honourable gesture to do and hopes more people register.
President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca also urged more people to become organ donors, when addressing the Milied Flimkien event last week.
One organ donor can save up to eight lives. The same donor can also save or improve the lives of up to 50 persons by donating tissues. It is understood that over 400 individuals have benefitted from organ donation in Malta over the last 30 years.
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