DUT STUDENTS SHARE THEIR THOUGHTS ON ORGAN DONATION
By Bliss Ndapasowa and Nontsikelelo Ngubane
With a current ratio of two organ donors per million people in South Africa, Organ Donor Awareness month seeks to educate and inform citizens on the life-saving benefits of organ donation this month.
This move will only be effective if the youth, the future leaders, are involved in such an initiative.
DUT students however aired their views regarding the subject.
“Firstly I did not have an idea that it was Organ Donation Awareness month. I would consider donating anyway because if it is of no use to me when I die it would help someone. I however I think the reason behind the shortage is that there is a lot of stigma around organ donation. There is a belief that when you die you have to go back with what you came with hence people need to be educated more about this,” said Mpanza.
“I think organ donation is great because you get a chance to save a life. People do not register for donation because it is inadequately advertised, comparing with the South African National Blood Service. Most people don’t know about it because there is sufficient recruitment of staff for organ donor awareness so workshops should be held and promoted in order to spread the word.”
“I would consider donating, but only if I have assurance that my body can function perfectly on one organ, in the instance of kidney donation. However people are not well informed about the issue and also racism; someone might say they can’t donate because their organ could be given to a total stranger of a different culture. The margin of awareness campaigns must be stretched to rural areas as there are most traditional people there,” said Xulu.
“I am a very traditional person so I can’t donate. Moreover I would not particularly support any awareness campaign on the subject because in government hospitals it is said that they take people’s organs without consent sometimes. They make money out of it because they sell the organs illegally so I don’t see the need to participate because they steal anyway.”
“I would not consider the idea because of my traditional values. I cannot give away parts of my body because my ancestors will not recognize me and personally I wouldn’t feel whole. I will however support related awareness campaigns bearing in mind that people have different cultures. HIV is given a lot of coverage and the same must be done for this subject.”
“I would want to donate because it is always good to help someone. You are dead anyway, and I am going to be cremated so why waste the organ when someone needs it? Some people don’t want to help because they think their organs will be auctioned because of myths and assumptions going around but I still think it’s a good idea,” said Jo.
“I want to be cremated so I do not mind, although my family could have a problem with it. The only way to address the problem of organ shortage is to educate the born frees because they are the future leaders. People are dying because we are being selfish hence the need to educate the next generation.”
“I would consider donating when I pass on. I was privileged to be born without any ailments so I think some people deserve the same thing. It would be good to help someone who needs the organ. However lack of knowledge leads to the demand outweighing availability of organs therefore we need to work on that,” said Ncanana