Teams across Fortis Hospitals, Mumbai organised the ‘More to Give’ walkathon on Sunday, which is part of the national initiative aimed at sensitizing communities about Organ Donation.
The Mumbai edition of the walkathon was flagged off by actress and activist Gul Panag, Rajesh Pradhan, IPS, Deputy Inspector General, Mumbai and Neil Somaiya, Municipal Councillor from Mulund. The event was graced by Dr Anvay Mulay, Head of Cardiac Transplant Team, Fortis Hospital along with the medical and non-medical teams from Fortis Hospitals, Mumbai.
The 3.2 km walkathon which commences and concluded at Fortis Hospital, Mulund, witnessed over 700 participants coming together with much gusto; the activity garnered over 450 Organ Donation pledges.
Every year, about 5 lakh people die awaiting organ transplants due to non-availability of organs; in Mumbai alone, according to Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre’s (ZTCC) latest report, at least 3,700 people are on the waiting list for getting an organ. Thousands of lives could be saved if the community rises to the cause and pledges to donate organs.
Speaking about the cause, actress and activist Gul Panag said, “I feel very strongly about the cause, in support of which, have pledged my organs too. I am honoured to be a part of this movement, and hope that the society rises-up to the occasion. It is only right for each of us to be informed about the cause and make an affirmative and progressive decision”.
Speaking about the cause of organ donation, Dr Anvay Mulay, Head of Cardiac Transplant Team, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, said, “A single donor can help save and enrich lives of over 8 recipients. This will help in bridging the gap and enriching the lives of many. We have definitely seen a rise in organ donations in the recent past; however we have a long way ahead of us. We are heartened to see so many Mumbaikars take to the streets; definitely a progressive step towards strengthening the cause.”