SINGAPORE: From 2004 to 2013, six foreign patients received corneas under the Human Organ Transplant Act (HOTA), as there were no other suitable local recipients.
Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said HOTA allows Singapore citizens and permanent residents (PRs) to donate their kidneys, livers, hearts and corneas in the event of death, for the purpose of transplantation to save lives.
In the situation where there are no suitable Singaporean or PR recipients, the organ is offered to a foreign patient before the donated organs deteriorate.
Separately, Mr Gan said the key objective of Singapore's National Blood Programme is to ensure all patients in Singapore, regardless of nationality and residential status, have access to a safe and sufficient blood supply when they need it.
Blood transfusions are given and prioritised based on clinical indications.
The physician in charge decides whether a patient needs a blood transfusion and how much blood is required.
Mr Gan added that the Health Sciences Authority and Singapore Red Cross work in partnership to collect blood from altruistic donors on a voluntary, non-remunerated basis.
Donors include Singaporeans, PRs and non-residents.
He said this approach of altruistic donation and inclusive recruitment ensures that the transfusion needs of all patients in Singapore are adequately and safely met.
Mr Gan said this in a written Parliamentary reply to a question from Non-Constituency MP Lina Chiam, who asked whether non-Singaporeans have access to Singapore's blood bank and organs donated by Singaporeans under HOTA. - CNA/ms
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