To boost the organ donation awareness regional organ and tissue transplantation organisation (ROTTO) and NGO’s have decided to come together. On Saturday (May 20) a meeting was held at KEM Hospital to discuss the issue of organ donation.
“Currently for organ donation programme various NGO’s are working by themselves. Our aim is to come together on the single platform for the cause of organ donation. We can work together and spread awareness swiftly”, said Dr Avinash Supe, Dean of KEM hospital.
“In the meeting, the NGO’s shared their ideas about how awareness can be spread on larger scale. And to make people aware about organ donation each NGO has been given one ward in Mumbai. If this model succeeds, we will take implement this in other parts of Maharashtra,” said Supe.
The meeting was conducted by the Dean of KEM Hospital Dr Avinash Supe and Dr Sujata Patwardhan HOD of Urology. The representatives of NGO’s such as Indian Liver Foundation, Mohan Foundation, Mumbai Kidney Foundation, Narmada Kidney Foundation, The Federation of Organ & Body Donation, Rajhans Pratishthan Trust were present during the meeting.
Dr Anil Suchak, Chairman, Organ Donation, Indian Medical Association and Medical Director of Suchak Hospital, Malad was also took part in the meeting.
“The whole idea of this meeting was to work holistically for organ donation by bringing all the stakeholders together. As of now NGO’s have been given wards in the city to work in detail. Eventually we will include civic hospitals, nursing homes, schools, colleges, corporate offices, places where people will be educated about organ donation,” said Suchak.
“Maharashtra is not doing well in terms of organ donation. We really need to improve a lot. We have received good suggestions to extend this project to Thane district and Maharashtra. Regular meetings will be held for this, we are meeting again on June 1,” added Suchak.
According to Directorate of Health Services, while 38 cadaver donations were recorded in the state until March this year as compare to 15 donations in 2016.
As far as Mumbai is concern last year, the organ donation was highest in the last 4 years with 58 cadaver donations: 91 kidneys, 58 livers, 34 hearts and one lung were transplanted to several ill patients in 2016.
Maharashtra also saw 132 organ donations out of which Nagpur and Aurangabad combined have made 15 donations in 2016. Pune topped the list with 59 cadaver donation followed by Mumbai.