As mentioned earlier this year, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin wants to make organ donor registration easier by using the MySejahtera app. The former contact tracing now turned health record app has just gotten a new update today which allows you to register as an organ donor in a couple of minutes. To get started, just update your MySejahtera app to the latest version 2.0.5.
How to register as an organ donor in Malaysia via MySejahtera?
- After updating your MySejahtera app, go to the home screen and tap on “Organ Donor Pledge” on the top shortcut panel
- Click on start
- Fill up the particulars of your next of kin including the name, IC, mobile number, relationship and etc. (According to the FAQ, your organs can only be removed after your next of kin or family have given consent.)
- Submit the form
Once you’ve completed your pledge, you will see an Organ Donation Pledge Card on your MySejahtera profile page below your digital vaccine certificate. The card will show your name, IC number as well as your pledge date. If you declared that your next of kin is not informed about your pledge, the app will notify them through a notification.
If you change your mind at any time, you can withdraw your pledge. Just tap on the same “Organ Donor Pledge” on the home screen and you have a choice to Update or Withdraw the Pledge. The app will show another confirmation screen to confirm that you are withdrawing your organ donor pledge. The Donor Pledge Card will turn grey for 14 days and if you wish to repledge again, you’ll have to wait after 14 days.
Things you need to know about organ donation in Malaysia
According to the DermaOrgan website, only 517,758 have pledged to donate their organs since 1997, which is less than 2% of the total population in Malaysia. Since 1997, a total of 2,443 organs and tissues have been donated while there are 10,442 patients who are waiting for organ transplants.
The official FAQ states that organ and tissue donation will not cause any physical disfigurement and it is possible to have an open-casket funeral. It also clarifies that organ donation is permitted under Islam and the pledge to donate organs is also practised by Muslims in Malaysia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan and Singapore.
In Malaysia, individuals who are brain dead can donate their heart, lungs, liver, kidney, eyes/cornea, heart valve, bones and skin. However, if an individual passes away at home, they can only donate their eyes. You can learn more at the National Transplant Resource Centre website.
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