Maha to celebrate August 29 as organ donation day

In order to create awareness amongst people regarding organ donation. Medical education minister Girish Mahajan inform that August 29, would be celebrated as organ donation day. To raise awareness regarding organ donation, a 2 km long, human chain of 12, 000 people was created at Marine Drive

August 29 to be celebrated as organ donation day: Girish Mahajan

A campaign has been undertaken to create awareness regarding organ donation on state level. Along with the cities, this campaign would be run in the villages. Under this, special Gramsabha meetings will be organised in all the villages. Today, as part of this campaign, a human chain was created by the dignitaries of Sir JJ group of hospitals and grant medical college, government and medical professionals, from IMA and other important people.

August 29 to be celebrated as organ donation day: Girish Mahajan

Prizes for state level poster competition and street play, based on organ donation were disturbed.

Girish Mahajan said, “Maharashtra ranks second in organ donation. Previously, it was at number six. Due to increasing awareness, the number of donors has increased. PM Narendra Modi through programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’ had informed to celebrate organ donation as a grand festival. If more and more awareness id created then, Maharashtra will rank first.”

“Today, about 12,000 patients registered are waiting for kidneys, around 20,000 patients are non-registered and living on dialysis and still awaiting transplant. In case, a person dies, then, the doctors should convince his family to go for organ donation,” appealed Mahajan.

August 29 to be celebrated as organ donation day: Girish Mahajan

He also suggested to rule out superstitions regarding organ donation, in the rural areas.

To create awareness regarding organ donation, paintings and mobile app was inaugurated in Mantralaya, by CM Devendra Fadnavis, and Girish Mahajan. Total 14 paintings were put up in the exhibition, which gave the messages organ donation, eye donation and so on, which was conceptualised and made by JJ College’s former student Suraj Katare. The exhibition will continue for two days and along with that an organ donation registration booth is also established.