Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation

: 2014  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 1091--1092

Remarks about the study on predictors of public attitude toward living organ donation in Kano, Northern Nigeria

Beuy Joob1, Viroj Wiwanitkit2,  
1 Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Visiting Professor, Hainan Medical University, China

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Dr. Beuy Joob
Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkok

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Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Remarks about the study on predictors of public attitude toward living organ donation in Kano, Northern Nigeria.Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl 2014;25:1091-1092

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To the Editor,

The recent report on "predictors of public attitude toward living organ donation in Kano, Northern Nigeria" is very interesting. [1] Iliyasu et al reported that "there was widespread igno­rance of religious precepts concerning organ donation." [1] In fact, organ donation is a very important step for the success of transplan­tation medicine. Insufficient organs available for transplantation are the common problem in any setting. Religion is usually an important determinant of willingness to donate. [1],[2] Promo­tion of donation seems to be an important topic for discussion. Tumin et al noted that there is "a need for the government to develop new ways to promote organ donation." [3] How to cope with the negative rooted belief on organ donation (such as if one donates an organ, he/she will have congenital anomaly in the next life) must be focused on. [4] Implementation of knowledge on the usefulness of donation in the school curriculum might be a good way to begin the process. [5]

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Dr. Zubairu Iliyasu,

Medical Research Consultancy Unit, Department of Community Medicine, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, PMB 3452 Kano, Nigeria

To the Editor,

We thank Dr. Beuy Joob and his colleague for their interest in the inter-phase between religion and organ donation. The global shor­tage of organs for transplantation and the in­fluence of religion on people's decisions regar-ding organ donation is not in doubt. 1 Kano, our study area, is predominantly Muslim, and one of the questions we asked was to determine the degree of knowledge the respondents had on the injunction of their religious faith regarding organ donation and acceptance. There was a huge doubt among our respondents as to whe­ther or not their religion allowed organ dona­tion. These findings are not new and they have also been reported among religious leaders and students of theology. 2,3 We therefore think that one of the ways of improving organ availa­bility is to engage religious leaders to educate the public about the injunctions of their faiths regarding organ donation and acceptance. Luckily, most major religions have been reported to allow organ donation, although being a relatively new procedure, no reference was made to it in the original religious scriptures. 4 This is likely to increase the number of organs available for transplantation.


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