According to the Register of National Identity and Civil Status (Reneek), only 14% of Peruvians of legal age, equivalent to more than 3.5 million citizens, have their national identity document (in days) indicates that you are willing to donate your organs.
Last September, this information was published due to the organ and tissue donation week, where more than 20 million Peruvians (equivalent to 77%) said “no” to the initiative, while about 2.5 million citizens (which is the remaining 9%) did not mention.
Along these lines, the benefits have been announced to Peruvians who do so, with the intention of registering “yes” to the organ donation option in their DNI.
What are the benefits for people who declare ‘yes’ to organ donation?
The Constitutional Commission of Congress has approved a ruling so that Peruvian citizens who register “yes” to the organ donation option in their DNI will receive an advantage.
The commission, chaired by MP Martha Moyano Delgado, determined that those people will have the opportunity to receive a free service to renew their identity document. They also have the advantage of correcting some personal data if necessary.
The concept of this new measure is ready to be added to the agenda of the full session of the Republican Congress at any time.
It is important to mention that another benefit of this ruling is the extension of the validity period of DNI from 8 to 10 years. The change will coincide with the passport’s validity period, which has recently increased from five to ten years.
What is organ and tissue donation all about?
Transplantation allows us to replace a solid organ, such as the kidney, liver, heart, pancreas and lung, tissues, cornea, heart valve, hematopoietic stem cells or bone marrow.
This operation is intended to treat a terminal illness. In other words, when a condition compromises the function of an organ or tissue, thanks to donation, a person sentenced to death is given a second chance to restore their health and resume their life.
What are the requirements to be an organ and tissue donor?
According to Pedro Padilla, a gastroenterologist at Sanna Clinica San Borja and vice president of the Peruvian Organ and Tissue Transplantation Association, there are two types of donors.
On the one hand, we have cadaver donation, which refers to a person who loses his life due to some sudden circumstance, be it a traffic accident or a stroke, thus allowing the use of their organs for terminally ill people. Ill health.
Then there is living donation, that is, done by a living and healthy person, because some organs can be given double or part of them, which is done voluntarily according to our Peruvian law. To be carried out, there must be compatibility between the donor and the recipient to guarantee the greatest probability of transplantation.
What is the most donated organ in Peru?
Kidney transplants are often performed in Peru because chronic kidney disease often leads patients to terminal stages, known as predialytic or dialytic, in which they require the support of dialysis machines to continue living.