The Malta Independent 16 September 2019, Monday

19,639 people have registered as organ and tissue donors since 2016

Monday, 15 April 2019, 18:26 Last update: about 6 months ago

19,639 people have registered on the National Register for Organ and Tissue Donation since 2016.

This information was provided by  Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health Chris Fearne, when answering a parliamentary question by MP Karol Aquilina.

Aquilina also asked regarding the age, sex and nationality of those who have registered as organ donors and what organs, tissue they wish to donate. The age group 26-40 has the highest number of registrations, with 6,654 registered.

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There are 6,264 organ donors registered in the 41-60 age group, and 3,889 in the 16-25 and 2,728 in the 61-80 age group. There are only 104 registered donors over the age of 81.

Fearne stated that for a person to register as an organ doner one must be a resident and be in possession of a Maltese Identity card. He also stated that, since 2016, seven people have withdrawn their registration and six other people have registered that they do not wish to be Organ and Tissue Donors. 

According to the table provided, there are more women registered as donors than men. 11,610 women have registered to donate their pancreas, compared to 7,135 men who have registered to donate their pancreas.

8,029 men have registered to donate their heart, whilst 11,124 women have registered to donate their heart. 

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