Cuba has carried out 5,000 kidney transplants

December 6th, 2011 - 1:40 pm ICT by IANS  

Havana, Dec 6 (IANS) Cuba has carried out nearly 5,000 kidney transplants since the beginning of the programme in the 1970s, Prensa Latina news agency reported.

This was a great achievement for Cuba’s health sector, said Alexander Marmol Sonora, a senior official of the ministry of health’s National Transplant Organisation.

The majority of kidneys used for a total of 4,489 transplants came from deceased donors and 383 from living donors, Marmol told the Granma newspaper.

He said there needs to be an increase in kidney donations “as the only way to guarantee the systematicity of the programme” given that four people could be saved by every donor.

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