Programme to be initiated to boost organ donations

To give a boost to the organ donation programme in,authorities are thinking of setting up a network for organ sharing with public sector institutes.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: April 6, 2012 2:39 am

To give a boost to the organ donation programme in (PGIMER),authorities are thinking of setting up a network for organ sharing with public sector institutes.

A network between hospitals for sharing donated organs on the basis of urgency exists in South India and in Western countries like USA. In the near future,PGI may set up a similar network with AIIMS,Delhi,RR Hospital,Delhi and other tertiary care hospitals in the region.

To create awareness about organ donation and its importance in saving lives of critically ill patients,the Department of Hepaetology,PGIMER is organsing a public forum on April 7 to create awareness among doctors,paramedical staff including nurses and technicians,students,patients,patients’ relatives and the general public.

Dr R K Dhiman,department of hepaetology said, “PGI is going to start the organ donation awareness drive in a big way and activities are lined up ahead to give boost to the noble cause.”

“Despite India passing the Transplantation of Human Organs Act that legalises the concept of brain death and facilitated organ procurement from these donors,people in India,particularly in the North,are reluctant to come forward for organ donation.

On average,PGI gets one brain dead person everyday yet due to lack of awareness,the relatives do not come forward to donate the patient’s organs.

Dr Ajay Duseja,said,“Organs from one donor can save or help as many as 50 people.”

Dr Arunanshu Behra,leading transplant surgeon at PGI from the department of surgery,said, “Approximately 28-30 patients are declared brain dead every month. Even if 20 per cent of them opt for organ donation,the demand and supply gap will be filed up to an extent.”

“Contrary to this,relatives of only two patients had come forward during last one year for liver donations of brain dead patient,” she added.

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