MANS to give boost to organ donation in Maharashtra

Narender Dabholkar’s pledge to donate his eyes and body could not be fulfilled due to the bullet wounds

Written by Partha Sarathi Biswas | Pune | Published: September 3, 2013 1:39 am

Narender Dabholkar’s pledge to donate his eyes and body could not be fulfilled due to the bullet wounds. But keeping in mind their founder president’s wish and to give a boost to organ donation in the state,activists of Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS) will work towards getting more than 2-3 lakh people to pledge their eyes and bodies by the year-end.

During the state-level conference of MANS held in Satara over the weekend,activists deliberated various facets of the movement and the next course of action when this issue was raised. Mukta Patwardhan,daughter of the slain activist,said some members of the organisation drew attention to the late doctor’s unfulfilled pledge. “After discussions,we decided,that the various chapters of MANS would take it upon themselves to register at least 1,000 people for eye and body donation,” she said.

Dr Rajendra Kankariya,Pune district president of MANS — who was also present during the meeting — said the organisation has 250 chapters in the state and will aim to get 2-3 lakh pledges.

Patwardhan said Dabholkar’s mother,brother and elder sister had donated their bodies. Similarly,to mark 10 years of MANS, the movement had taken a pledge to popularise body and eye donation.

“Our individual chapters took a pledge to get many people to donate their bodies and eyes. We hope this recent pledge would see a surge in the trend,” Kankariya said. He said the move would aid scientific research and help lakhs of blind people by making cornea available. “Even if cornea is not made available for transplant,it would be used for research for the progress of science. Also,many organs can be harvested after death,which can be used for treatment of other people.”

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