In an effort to boost awareness on the cause of organ donation, the Maharashtra Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education, has decided to add topics on organ transplantation and organ donation to teach students about the issue.
From the new academic years onwards, SSC students can look forward to learning about this through their Science and Technology textbooks.
The textbook aims to highlight certain points suck as include:
- A liberal view behind the concept of organ donation and body donation is that after death, our body should be useful to other needful persons so that their miserable life (due to sickness) would become more comfortable.
- Awareness about these concepts is increasing in our country and people are voluntarily donating their bodies.
- Lives of many people can be saved by organ and body donation. Blind people can regain their vision. Organs that can be donated are eyes, heart, pancreas, kidney, skin, bone, liver and lungs.
- Lives of many people can be made better through donation of organs like kidney, heart, heart valves, skin etc.
- Many governments and social organisations are working towards increasing the awareness about body donation.
- Organ donation and transplantation is under the control of ‘Transplantation and human organs act, 1994’ and subsequent amendments of 2009, 2011 and 2014 so that overall process would be transparent and any person would not be cheated.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Vinod Tawde, Maharashtra’s Education Minister, said, “This decision will help creating awareness about organ donation. There are number of misconceptions in the minds of people when it comes to donating organs, the state government is doing its best to create awareness, but the participation of the people is also required. What is the meaning of organ donation, when can it be done, who can donate organs – this information should be imparted to students at the school level. Hence, we have taken this decision to introduce a chapter on organ donation.”
Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Kamal Jain, Director of cadaver Organ Donation awareness project, Giants Welfare Foundation, who works extensively in the field of organ donation awareness said, “This is an excellent step taken by the government. The government is targeting the right age group. When these kids will grow up, they will get to know what organ donation is and what its importance is. Five lakh people die every year, due to non-availability of organs. If you penetrate this knowledge into kids from this generation, then in future you will get to see the results.”
Earlier Union transport minister, Nitin Gadkari had proposed an idea organ donation status of a person on their driving licences. The Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) Maharashtra had put forth a similar idea which is pending approval by department of higher education to display organ donor status information on college student’s identity cards.