We need more organ donors in Germany, the German Minister of Health demands
Health minister Hermann Gröhe (CDU) is now calling for more people in Germany to deliberately deal with organ donation. In Germany, a person dies about every eight hours because there is no suitable organ donor. Many people affected could be helped if more people carried an organ donation card with them.
An organ donation card can save the lives of sick people. Unfortunately, too few Germans still have such a passport. For this reason, many people die every day who could be saved with donor organs. The German health minister has now called for more people in Germany to become organ donors.
More than 10,000 Germans are currently waiting for a donor organ
Each and every one of us can come into the situation tomorrow of needing an organ donation, be it due to an illness or an accident, the news agency “dpa” quotes the Federal Minister of Health. In Germany alone, more than 10,000 people are currently waiting for a donor organ. However, there are not enough of them. For this reason, a person dies in Germany every eight hours who would normally have been able to continue living with a donor organ.
Organ donation card options
It is best to immediately record a personal decision in an organ donation card. In an emergency, this creates clarity and security, especially for the relatives, says Health Minister Gröhe. In addition, with such a donor passport, we can pass on the gift of life if it ever comes down to it, the minister added in a dpa report. Basically, we can use the so-called organ donation card to state whether we want to make our organs available to other people in the event of brain death. Of course, we can also reject this process. But there are even more options with a donor pass: Owners have the option of giving their consent to organ and tissue donation. This consent can also be restricted to certain organs.
Past scandals are reducing citizens' willingness to donate
Unfortunately, the willingness of German citizens to donate has decreased significantly in recent years. Some previous scandals are to blame. For example, doctors had given medication to patients, making them more sickly than they really were. As a result of this manipulation, those affected should be able to access donor programs more quickly, reports the dpa. In addition, some people are still unsure whether brain death can be diagnosed beyond any doubt.
Day of organ donation offers the opportunity to get better information
On the day of organ donation, all people can find out more about this important topic. To do this, they should hold talks with doctors and those affected. During this appointment, feel free to ask any questions that interest or move you. Discuss the issue with your family, explain your decision and then document it in your personal organ donation card, the dpa quotes the Federal Minister of Health.
A lack of trust in the allocation system reduces willingness to donate
A study by the company health insurance company pronova BKK showed that about three quarters of all Germans are in principle willing to donate organs after their death. The problem is that only about 43 percent of the people in our country have the necessary organ donation card. The biggest reason for refusing organ donation is the lack of trust in the allocation system and the diagnosis of death, writes the dpa. A total of 125,233 organs have been transplanted in Germany since 1963. This saved the lives of many of those affected. Donation organs can give those affected many additional years of life, the organizers of the day of organ donation are quoted by the dpa. (as)