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On the Organ Donation Day, more than 600 people registered for the cause at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research on Saturday. The institute organised an awareness campaign, “Be the Change, Be An Organ Donor”, to mark the occasion. Sources said during the awareness campaign in all the OPDs of various departments from 9am to 2pm, the focus was on to boost organ transplantation activity.
A PGI statement said: “During the campaign, the transplant coordinators along with hospital employees reached out to the maximum number of people, including staff on duty, made them aware of the concept of brain death, and importance of organ donation card as well as addressed their queries pertaining to myths and misconceptions. As an outcome, over 600 people, including hospital staff, registered themselves as organ donors.”
Dr Vipin Koushal, nodal officer, Regional Organ & Tissue Transplant Organisation (ROTTO), PGI, said: “As people from across the region come to PGI for treatment, educating them or their attendants will have a cascading impact on a larger number of people.”
The PGI statement said that everybody who was reached out in the renal department registered themselves as an organ donor. “The maximum response was received from the Advanced Pediatric Centre with 143 people registering as organ donors from a single OPD. There were also motivating incidents where some families of Chandigarh had come to PGI today (Saturday) to only register themselves as organ donors.”
It said that an awareness camp was also organised for the CRPF personnel in Sector 43, which received an encouraging response with 80 of them attending the session.
According to PGI, over the past few years, the number of deceased donor transplants have steadily increased at the institute. “In addition to the ongoing kidney transplant programme, the PGIMER has also initiated liver and heart transplants. The department of renal transplant surgery has also started a pancreas transplant programme,” the statement said.
The statement said till date there have been 3,320 kidney (live 3152; cadaver 168); 33 liver, four heart, six pancreas, and 3550 cornea transplants at the institute.
The PGI statement, however, said that “despite best of the efforts, the waiting list in PGIMER is still long with recipients in waiting being 800 for kidney, 800 for cornea, 50 for liver, five for heart, five for lung and 10 for pancreas.
Earlier this year, PGI was designated as ROTTO under the National Organ & Tissue Transplant Programme of the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.