COVID-19: donation of organs at the lowest for five years

COVID-19: les dons d’organes au plus bas depuis cinq ans

Organ donations are at the lowest in the past five years, due to the pandemic of COVID-19, warned Wednesday Transplant Québec.

The provincial agency responsible for the management of the bodies counted only two persons have donated organs to save five patients in April 2020, while the count was already in a depression.

“The slowdown that occurred in April last year is mainly explained by the exceptional circumstances in which we were immersed, indicated by way of a press release the director general of Transplant Québec, Louis Beaulieu. The need to ensure the safety of patients to be transplanted as well as the massive reorganization in the hospitals in particular have been able to contribute to these results.”

Despite the resumption of operations in may, Transplant Québec has noticed a 50% decrease in the number of organ donors and 60 % of transplants for the second quarter of 2020, compared to the same period in 2019.

This decrease did not, however, impact on the number of dead, since it has remained stable.

The organization manages a waiting list of 800 patients who depend on organ donation for their survival.

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