Kazakhstan is the only Central Asian state to continue organ transplantation during COVID-19 pandemic
Kazakhstan is the only country in the Central Asian region to conduct organ transplant procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are the only country in Central Asia where heart and lungs transplantation are still conducted. We can perform such surgeries only on the territory of Kazakhstan and their number is low. Currently we cannot get the organ donation from a different country, as well as we can’t send the donated organs abroad. We have got only few organ donors – I’m talking about the posthumous donation. However, if for some reason the Kazakh citizen ends up in another country and he would urgently need the organ transplant, the law allows him to do that,” said Yuri Pya, Chairperson of National Scientific Cardiac Surgery Centre.
He also notes that the number of organ transplants in the world significantly slumped during the coronavirus quarantine. Pya said that 81 heart transplants have been performed in Kazakhstan since 2012.
“There is statistics that states that people die every day from the brain hemorrhage. It can happen in road accidents or at work - people die in everyday life. The number of potential donors is quite large. However, the number of non-anonymous donors, also called the identified or known donors, and those whose families agree to organ donation, unfortunately, is still quite small,” Pya noted.
It was previously reported that a unique organ donation surgery was performed in Kazakhstan. The organs of the dead Kazakh citizen saved the lives of five transplant recipients at once.