February 9, 2009 11:11:37 pm
The two-day symposium on Promotion of Deceased Organ Donation concluded at the PGI on Sunday with nearly 200 delegates from all over the country providing their inputs on spreading awareness on cadaver donation.
On the concluding day,the experts explored the role of presumed consent for increasing the organ donation rates.
Dr Amit Gupta from the SGPGI said that presumed consent has shown to increase organ donation rates in Spain,Austria and Belgium.
Dr Vijay Kher from Apollo Hospitals,Delhi,however,argued against it. Presumed consent has the potential to backfire and bring disrepute to the deceased organ donation in a country where many people are not educated enough to understand its implications. There may be allegations of deliberately causing death to procure organs.
Dr Ashok Kirpalani from Mumbai stressed on the need of providing financial assistance to donor families in the form of tax incentives or medical insurance. Dr Arup Dutta from Kolkata added that human organs are not commodities to be traded. PGI Director Prof K K Talwar,meanwhile,honoured Prof Syed Adibul Hasan Rizvi of Karachi,Pakistan,for his contributions to the medical field.
Dr Rizvi said,Whereas Spain has an organ donation rate of 35.2 organ donations per million population,the developing world countries have a rate of 2.7 organ donations per million population. The major reason for the non-development of deceased organ donation is that a major share of the community has not seen the success of organ transplantation as the organ replacement therapy is very expensive.
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