A proposal adding the status “donor” in the Emirates ID Authorities has been discussed by authorities. Image Credit: Gulf News File

DUBAI: A proposal on adding the status “donor” in the Emirates ID was discussed during a meeting hosted by the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) and the Supreme Committee for Organ Transplantation in Abu Dhabi.

Dr Ameen Hussain Al Amiri, Assistant Undersecretary for Public Health Policy and Licensing of the Ministry of Health & Prevention, who shed light on Federal Law No. 5 of 2016 that allows transplantation of human organs and tissues, said it forms a sustainable solution for a large number of patients with heart diseases, pulmonary failure, cirrhosis of the liver and renal failure.

He said the Hayat App gives the chance for everyone willing to donate organs after death to register their information in the UAE.

The app is also linked to the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, which is the first phase of registering human organ donation in the UAE.

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Dr Al Amiri also showcased the different stages of the Hayat App in an open discussion with the participants and got their feedback, proposals and ideas with a view to facilitating the registration process by donors and patients.

'Donor' status

During the meeting, a proposal adding the status “donor” in the Emirates ID was discussed, in addition to reviewing statistics on the number of persons willing to donate their organs after death.

The meeting was also attended by Dr Ali Al Obaidili, chairman of the National Organ Transplant Committee, representatives of all members of government and local authorities in the country, College of Medicine and Health Sciences of UAE University, Dubai Health Authority, Shaikh Khalifa Medical City, Cleveland Clinic, SEHA, Mubadala Investment Company (Mubadala) and Mohammad Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU).