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BOLD MOVE: Govt wants to incorporate pledging of body parts into driving license renewal forms

IN a bid to get more organ donors, the government wants to incorporate pledging of body parts into driving licence renewal forms.

The Health and Transport ministries are working together to decide how best this could be achieved because more people are getting killed in road accidents.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said the move was needed as most people who die in accidents were good candidates for cadaveric organ donation.

“Since 2010, there has been an increase of about 1.2 million vehicles on the road. For every 10,000 vehicles, there are more than three deaths recorded in accidents,” he said while launching a campaign “Spread Love, Save Lives and Green Ribbon Knots” by tying a green ribbon on a Sunlight Taxi at Section 21, Petaling Jaya, yesterday.

A hundred Sunlight Taxis were given flyers and green ribbons to distribute to passengers to promote organ donation.

Kong said globally, there were more than one billion vehicles on the road with more than 1.3 million deaths a year.

Also at the launch was Organ Donation Awareness Promotion Action Committee chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.

Lee said in 2009, there were 16,455 pledges, in 2010, there were 20,085. Last year, there were 28,951 pledges and in the first three months of this year, 2,930 pledges.

“So far, we have 191,228 pledged organ donors. That only constitutes 0.06 per cent of our population, which means there are many more who haven’t pledged.

“I have pledged to be a donor. I have done my part. Now others must follow suit.”

Lee said after pledging to be a donor, it is important to tell the family.

“There are many cases where families had no knowledge that the deceased had pledged to be a donor, and they objected to the donation.”

He described organ donation as “giving the gift of life” to someone else.

People can pledge on the Voice of Women’s “Spread Love, Save Lives” organ donation awareness campaign on their Facebook page at http://facebook.com/SpreadLoveSaveLives.

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