Health Takes Up Debate About Transplanting Kidneys From Deceased Donors | El Salvador News

Experts participated in a forum to discuss the feasibility of implementing this procedure.

The Ministry of Health evaluates the creation of a national transplant system throughout the hospital network, according to the vice minister of the branch, Carlos Alvarenga. And one step they want to take is the kidney transplant of deceased donors, which is not yet done in the country.

To this end, the Health portfolio started yesterday a forum called "Paving the way", in which the technical, budgetary and logistical possibilities to perform this type of transplants were addressed.


In the event, international experts gave their contributions on the aspects that should be taken into account, based on the experience that countries such as Mexico, Spain, Argentina, Uruguay, among others have had.

One of the points detailed by the experts, as a key and initial aspect, is the coordination between the Government institutions. In that sense, they considered determining the organization of an organ transplant system, whose previous and subsequent processes can be carried out in an orderly and effective way.

Of course, the ministry has not given details about when or with what budget they would start a kidney transplant program with deceased donors, also called cadaveric donors.

The Mexican expert and director of the National Transplant Center of that country, José Salvador Aburto, pointed out the need to create timely legislation that includes donations of organs of deceased persons. In the country, this legislative debate is still in the Health commission of the Congress.

For the renal transplantologist, all the actions carried out to achieve a consensus on this matter must be done from the perspective of a State policy.

Project is "self-sustaining"

Regarding the budget to initiate these surgical processes, the Mexican doctor explained that no expensive financing is required, but that the project is “self-sustainable” in view of the fact that a transplanted patient is no longer a major expense for the State, because they are eliminated dialysis and hemodialysis treatments for those suffering from renal failure.

He added that a list of potential donors should be created with people who express it in writing, and added that there is still a debate about whether it is possible to transplant people who have died in accidents or for other reasons.

As he explained, the Mexican experience has been only with people diagnosed with brain death, because otherwise the heart would not continue to supply blood to the organs that would be donated.

For the head of Nephrology at the Rosales hospital, Zulma Cruz, El Salvador has the highest mortality rate due to end-stage renal disease, with an index of 68 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, figures according to the World Health Organization (WHO ) are in the epidemic range.

The forum is coordinated by the National Institute of Health (INS), in charge of health research, and 130 professionals will participate in that medical branch.