BEIJING, March 31 (Xinhua) -- China saw 104,538 new registered organ donors last year, almost 100 times more than in 2010.
Nearly 170,000 organ donors had registered as of the end of 2016, over 60 percent young or middle-aged, according to the China Organ Donation Administrative Center.
Almost 11,300 vital organs were donated nationwide last year, an increase of 45 percent from 2015. By the end of 2016, China had recorded 9,996 cases of after-death organ donation, resulting in the donation of 27,613 vital organs.
"Organ donation in China has gradually won public attention and support," said Hou Fengzhong, deputy head of the center.
Every year there are around 300,000 patients in China in need of organ transplantation, but only 10,000 of them receive surgery.
"The shortage of donated organs may be resulted from a lack of knowledge about organ donation among the public," Hou said.
According to a survey by China Organ Transplantation Development Foundation, 83 percent of people said they were willing to donate organs.
Not knowing where to sign up, or registering procedures being too complicated was the top concern for 56 percent of those who said they are not donors, according to the survey.