Mexico needs culture of organ donation, says social security doctor

Posted on June 19, 2011 • Filed under: Culture, Health, Latin America Health, Mexico

Dr. José Alfonso Yamamoto Nagano, head of the Division of Organ, Tissue and Cell Donations and Transplants at the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS), said Mexico need to develop a culture of organ donation, according to Grupo Fórmula. With chronic and degenerative diseases like diabetes, hypertension, obesity and heart conditions on the rise in recent years, IMSS has been unable to keep up with the number of patients requiring transplants. The doctor pointed out that while Spain has 34 donors per million people and Latin America averages 9 per million, in Mexico there are merely 3.75 per million. Read article.

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