The starting point of the organ donation drive was near Air India building at Marine Drive and the drive concluded at JJ Gymkhana. Doctors, nurses, interns, postgraduate students, and college students participated in large numbers in this drive.
Many people are on the waiting list across the country for an organ transplant. But there are few people who come forward. This organ donation drive is a part of the state governments effort to create awareness. College students had posters and placards in their hands with messages of organ donation.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Ajay Chandanwale, dean of JJ Hospital, stated, “We organised this rally to create awareness on the concept of organ donation. Along with doctors and nurses, students and principals of 40 colleges in Mumbai also participated in this rally. Pandits, maulanas, and priests also came forward and spoke about the importance of organ donation. They said that ‘there is no religious donation to organ donation. People of all faiths can donate organs as it is a service to mankind.’”
One single organ and tissue donor can save or improve the lives of more than eight people, helping to restore eyesight, damaged tissues or vital functions. Organ transplantation gives thousands of children and adults each year a renewed chance at living full and active lives. However, the need for organs and tissue outweighs their availability.
Almost anyone, regardless of age, race or gender, can become an organ and tissue donor.
The main objectives of this campaign were to make people aware about the need of organ donation. To distribute the messages of organ donation across the state, to remove the hesitations of the people about donating organs, to say a grateful thanks to the donors of organs, and to motivate and encourage more people towards organ donation in their life.