“When seen from the perspective of reason and rationale, the gift of life is the ultimate gift that one could give and organ donation is, therefore, a ‘God like act’ and needs to be encouraged, ”stated Anupriya Patel, Minister of State (HFW) on the occasion of ‘8th Indian Organ Donation Day.’
It was organised by the National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization (NOTTO), here today.
Urging all to come forward and donate their organs, Anupriya Patel said that apart from promoting organ donation, it is important to improve infrastructure and capacity of government hospitals for undertaking transplantation so that even those who cannot afford transplantation may also benefit. She also administered the pledge to the participants to donate organs.
Speaking at the function, Anupriya Patel stated that it is important to understand that in India it is mainly living donors who are donating organs and only about 23 per cent of the organ transplant is being done with organs obtained from the cadavers.
“There is a need to promote cadaver or deceased organ donation rather than relying on living donors in order to avoid the risk of commercial trading of organs and also to avoid the inherent risk to the health of the living donor,” added Patel.
Preeti Sudan, Secretary (Health), applauded K. K. Sharma, Director General, BSF, for his efforts towards motivating 70,000 personnel to pledge their organs, and also congratulated the state of Tamil Nadu for leading the nation in the field of organ donation.
She urged the religious leaders and youth to take forward the movement of organ donation and highlighted the importance of ownership at the highest level, and connectivity at the lowest level to build up a successful and transparent organ donation program in the country. She not only pledged her organs, but also reaffirmed her commitment towards the cause.
At the event, Anupriya Patel felicitated K.K. Sharma, DG, BSF, and the families of deceased organ donors from various parts of the country.
The best performing states of Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Telangana also received awards whereas JIPMER, Puducherry was announced as the Best Budding performer in organ donation and transplantation. The highest number of organ donations in India took place in Tamil Nadu.
Non-government organisations (NGOs) like the Mohan Foundation, Organ India, NSS, and Kidney Foundation of India were also felicitated for their efforts.