Gauteng Health has ‘significant’ shortage of organ donors

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The kidney transplant waiting list at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital currently stands at 2,096, a figure that reflects a significant shortage of donors, Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu is quoted in Business Day as saying. In addition, 286 other patients around Gauteng were waiting for various transplants, including for corneas and livers, said Mahlangu.

The report says she was responding to a request for information from the DA’s Gauteng health spokesperson Jack Bloom. Bloom said although hospitals were doing well in terms of performing transplants and public education to attract donors was taking place, more was required.

Mahlangu said in her reply that Charlotte Maxeke had performed 79 liver transports and 27 kidney transplants between 2013 and 2015. Steve Biko Academic Hospital performed 21 kidney transplants and 15 cornea transplants, and Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital 18 cornea transplants and 18 stem cell procedures over the same period, the statement read.

MEC statement
The Gauteng Health MEC, Ms Qedani Mahlangu, wishes to inform that about 2,000 patients are awaiting kidney transplant at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital.
The MEC said the average waiting time for transplant depends on the availability of matching donors. She added that the waiting list was compounded by shortage of donors in all categories of transplant in the province.
MEC Mahlangu further informed that another 286 patients from both in and around Gauteng were on the waiting list for various transplants as follows:
Steve Biko Academic Hospital:
Renal Transplant – 96
Cornea Transplant – 17
Charlotte Maxeke JHB Academic Hospital:
Liver Transplant – 11
Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital:
Cornea Transplant – 162
Over the past three years (2013 – 2015) Steve Biko Academic Hospital has conducted 21 kidney transplants and 15 cornea procedures.
For the same period, Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital conducted 79 liver transplants 27 kidney transplants. While on the other hand Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital conducted about 18 cornea transplants and 18 stem cell procedures accordingly.
Kempton Park Hospital
It also important to note that, Kempton Park’s Kyalami Hospital will be demolished and a new one will be built in its place. MEC Mahlangu said the Gauteng Provincial Government decided to build new facility as renovations would have been far more costly than building a new hospital.
Finally, Tembisa Hospital will be allocated about R20 million for refurbishments in the financial 2016/17.

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