• Organ donors eye top spot in Guinness

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    SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union: The Philippines is making a bid in the Guinness World Record book as the nation with the “most number of people to sign up as organ donor” in simultaneous registration activities in six different sites in the country on February 28.

    Dr. Antonio Paraiso, program manager of the Philippine Organ Donation and Transplantation Program (PODTP), said in a forum at the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) office here on Wednesday that the activity is not only intended to set a world record but also to increase awareness on organ donation.

    “Aside from vying for the most number of potential organ donor registrants, this will also instill in the mind and heart of the people in helping others with a legacy. We wish to create in the future a lifeline for people to make pledges to help in the event that the donation is already needed,” Paraiso said.

    San Fernando City in La Union was identified as one of the six registration sites. The others are Naga City, Tuguegarao City, Davao, Polytechnic University of the Philippines—Manila, and Quezon City Memorial Circle.

    Paraiso said the event aims to beat the record of 10,450 registrants in eight hours, single site, achieved by the Indian National Students Organization in India on December 1, 2013, and the record 2,755 in one hour, single site, attained by Gujarat, also in India on September 17, 2013.

    Paraiso revealed that there is a serious need in organ donation, especially for those with kidney diseases.

    He said that more than 12,000 kidney patients are being recorded yearly since 2011 and only about three percent of this number had undergone transplantation.

    “For a kidney patient, instead of undergoing dialysis till death, it is better for him to have transplant if there is available organ from donors,” he said.

    Paraiso added that the campaign for organ donation is also in line with Republic Act 7170 or the Organ Donation Law, which legalizes organ donation. With the brand campaign “I’m a Lifeline,” the PODTP, PIA and the Department of Health—Philippine Network for Organ Sharing, is encouraging the public to join the registration which will be documented by representatives of the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association.

    PNA

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