Beijing: Health, police and transportation authorities in China have jointly established a 'green passage' to ensure fast and safe transfer of donated human organs.
The move is aimed at shortening transportation time and reducing damage or waste of human organs to help patient survival.
According to today's circular on the mechanism, police will help ensure ambulances' right of way when health authorities receive donated human organs.
Airlines will also provide priority boarding services and allow planes carrying human organs to depart first. Health authorities transporting human organs may buy
tickets after boarding a train. The Red Cross will also provide help during the transportation process. "The transportation of human organs is like a race between
time and life," state-run Xinhua news agency quoted the circular as saying.
Many human organs, such as the liver, cannot be stored for longer than 12 hours or they will become unusable or dysfunctional following transplant, it said.
China has a serious lack of human organs, though the nation ranks third globally in terms of the number of organs donated.
Some patients must wait for years for transplant surgery, and many don't survive long enough to receive a transplant. In 2015, 2,766 people donated major organs after death, almost double the number in 2014.
Previously, executed prisoners were one of the major sources of organs.
On January 1, 2015, China banned the harvesting of organs from prisoners....