KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 12 (Bernama) — The waiting list of patients requiring organ transplants has reached a critical level with more than 11,000 people waiting for donors, Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said today.
He said 11,000 were kidney patients, 29 liver, 8 heart, 12 lung patients while two were waiting for both lung and heart transplantations.
“The ministry is looking for people who could donate their organs and tissues to save patients who are desperately in the need of organ transplantations,” he told reporters after launching the 3rd Global Bio-Herbs Economic forum in Seri Kembangan here.
He said the country managed to obtain 26 cadaveric, 82 kidney, four liver, 23 cornea and 19 heart donors up to Dec 11 this year. When the organ donation pledging campaign started in 1997 there were only 2,568 pledgers and this increased yearly until it reached 135,847 pledgers nationwide as at Dec 11 this year.
Earlier Liow said the government was focusing on the safety and efficacy of herbal products in Malaysia in view that more consumers were taking herbal products to maintain their well-being.
Liow said the ministry had been diligently monitoring herbal products in the market and conducting random sampling of herbal products to ensure that they met the specified standards registered by the manufacturers.
“All of these initiatives are aimed at weeding out unsafe products from the market… However,manufacturers should also be responsible by ensuring that only safe and permissible ingredients are used and the Compliance to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) is the most important” he added.
He also said that the stringent quality control of ingredients and products should be conducted in accredited laboratories to ensure that the products were safe and of acceptable quality.