01/24/13 - TwoCircles.net - Cuba performs 5100 kidney transplants in four decades
Havana : Cuba has successfully performed over 5,100 kidney transplants
since Feb 24, 1970, an achievement on par with that of developed nations,
an expert said Wednesday.
In a 42-year period Cuban surgeons have undertaken 4,751 kidneys
transplants with dead donors and 397 with living donors, all free of
charge, said Alexander Marmol Sonora, leader of the International Master
in Transplant Coordination programme at the Public Health Ministry.
The living donors are close relatives, such as parents, brothers and sons,
of the patients, the only donors Cuban health ministry accepts for that
kind of transplants, reported Xinhua.
Nine health centers in the country can perform transplants with living
donors, five of them in Havana, and the rest located in Santiago de Cuba,
Holguin, Camaguey and Villa Clara, Marmol Sonora added.
He said that the recently opened Centre for Cell Engineering and Organ and
Tissue Transplantation will raise the quality of the national programme of
organ transplants on the island.
The doctor added that international researches have proved that it is four
times cheaper to do a kidney transplant than keeping a patient in
dialysis, which would cost $20,000 a year.
He said kidney transplantation in Cuba is totally free of costs for its
citizens like the rest of other health services in the country.
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