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Databank to aid kidney donor needs

China will in the next two years set up a databank of renal failure suffers who might be in need of organ transplants.

The scheme was included in an agreement signed yesterday by the National Institute of Hospital Administration (NIHA) of the Ministry of Health and Shanghai Roche Pharmaceuticals.

The databank is aimed at "optimizing the reasonable use of the limited organ supplies in China," said the agreement.

Currently, there are 1 million sufferers of kidney failure in China. Many could be saved through organ transplant, but only very few of them have had the chance to get a donor at the right time, said Liang Minghui, chairman of the NIHA.

The databank to register sufferers needing kidney transplants will cover 118 hospitals and 40,000 prospective cases.

Liang said yesterday's agreement would be conducive to the regulation and improvement of kidney transplant services in the country.


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