News ID: 121741
Published: 0328 GMT July 06, 2015
Up to ten patients who are in desperate need of organ transplant lose their lives in Iran every day, said the head of Health Ministry's Transplant and Rare Diseases Office.
Katayoun Najafizadeh said between 5,000 to 8,000 citizens are declared brain dead in Iran every year, while the organs of only 665 brain-dead are donated, ISNA News Agency reported.
“Although the potential of organ donations in Iran is high, the current low rate seems unacceptable,” she said.
She noted that at least 2,500-4,000 organ transplants are expected in a year.
The Health Ministry official said 25,000 people suffer from organ failure in Iran.
“If there were enough donors, we would not have any patients on the waiting list for organ transplants,” Najafizadeh said.
She further said Spain, with an annual rate of 35 per one million people, has the world's highest rate of donation. "This rate in Iran is only 8.7 per one million."