Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals & Gautam Gambhir pledge to spread awareness for organ donation

Evrard Martin
Août 13, 2017

Similarly, only 5000 kidneys are available against a demand of 21000.

This screwed up demand and supply ratio is due to very less people who actually donate their organs. In fact, India has one of the lowest count of organ donors in the world.

Gift A Life is an initiative launched in 2011 to create awareness about organ donation to save countless lives and is supported by the Apollo Transplant Institutes. The family of a senior citizen who suffered brain haemorrhage on Raksha Bandhan donated his body, allowing doctors to transplant his kidneys and liver.The organ donation scheme has helped 87 people this year - nearly 50% of last year's 184 - which was the highest since the programme began in 2001.Doctors from Saifee Hospital, where the senior citizen was admitted, said he was in the intensive care unit."He was put on a ventilator and two days after the treatment, he was declared brain-dead".

All the staff of Indraprastha Apollo Hospital also took pledge to donate organs along with Gautam Gambhir.

"Another factor which hinders the organ donation is that there are many unscientific and superstitious myths attached to it which discourage people to come forward to register". Those who are willing to donate at times succumb to such pressures which are created by family and friends.

Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju lauded the noble gesture of the paramilitary force saying that such an initiative is important as many "precious lives are lost" in the country because the patients do not get organ donors.

According to the Indian law, despite the will of the donor final approval over the donation is subject to the deceased's family.

Noting that numerous donor families are economically backward, he said the National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO) had proposed helping them financially. Even though there are no costs that the family of the donor would have to bear for the donation process.

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