MORE THAN 2,000 AWAITING KIDNEY TRANSPLANTS IN SOUTH AFRICA’S GAUTENG PROVINCE

JOHANNESBURG, — More than 2,000 people are awaiting kidney transplants in Gauteng, South Africa’s smallest but most populous province, says Gauteng Health Department Spokesman Steve Mabona.

Patients from seven of South Africa’s nine provinces have their kidney transplants performed at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg and Steve Biko Academic hospital in Pretoria, both in Gauteng Province.

Only about 50 transplants have been conducted over the past three years because of the unavailability of matching donors, says Mabona, who describes the situation as quite severe.

“It’s dire. About 2,000 patients are waiting for the transplant. The other challenge which compounds the list is the non-matching donors so we will then call on members of the community to come to our facilities and be donors.”

SOURCE: NAM NEWS NETWORK