Monday, August 20, 2012
Havana.- The Cuban health system has performed 5,100 kidney transplants since the 1970’s to the present date.
According to specialists, 400 cases have involved live donors in the nearest degree of relationship with the patients like siblings, parents, and sons or daughters.
It is important to emphasize that Cuba has the highest donation rate in Central America and the Caribbean, and holds the 4th position in Latin America, after Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina.
Last year, 13 transplants per 1 million inhabitants were performed using deceased donors; the highest rate in the last three years.
Cuba has 2,700 patients who need hemodialysis and there is a yearly growth of 10 percent, in the number of those who need this type of procedure.