A critical need to reassess South Africa's organ transplant procedure

South Africa is facing a critical shortage of organ donors, and is facing challenges with the process of turning potential organ donors into actual donors.

This is according to Dr Errol Gottlich from the Transplantation Community of South Africa, who spoke to #NightTalk's Gugs Mhlungu and Sizwe Dhlomo.

Over many years, South Africa has noted a significant decline in the number of organ donors, which has affected the transplant rate critically

Dr Errol Gottlich from the Transplantation Community of South Africa

Dr Gottlich says that there are less organ donor transplants being done in the country this year, than were being done in the 1980s.

This is despite there being an increase in patients requiring organ transplants.

This increasing pool of people is creating a tremendous financial, social and medical drain in the country at the moment, to a point where it is reaching critical circumstances

Dr Errol Gottlich from the Transplantation Community of South Africa

Describing the challenge of turning potential organ donors into actual donors, Dr Gottlich says that there is an infrastructural problem in South African hospitals, which needs to be reassessed.

Its doesn't really matter if you've got an alcoholic liver, but you may have good bone and you may have good skin. You may be an organ donor in many different ways

Dr Errol Gottlich from the Transplantation Community of South Africa

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