Over 16 lakh people pledged to donate their organs

The NGO’s working in the field and the doctors have expressed their happiness over the number of people who pledged for organ donation. While these pledges do not have any legal backing, experts say, this will help in building awareness in the country

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While answering a question in the legislative assembly, union health minister JP Nadda informed that as per data available with NOTTO, around 16.5 lakh people have pledged to donate their organs after death. Health minister, in his reply, said that there is an increase in awareness levels.

Amruta Deogaonkar, President of Rotary district 3131, Gandhi Bhavan, which recently arranged a mass online pledge for organ donation, said, “Many times, the families do not give consent for organ donation. If the person has already pledged for organ donation when he or she is alive, the possibilities of families giving the consent will increase. Pledges do not have any legal validity. However, it will create the awareness, and ZTCC will collect the data.”

Aarti Gokhale, a coordinator at Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee (ZTCC), said, “These pledges do not have any legal backing, because, as per law, the consent of the relatives of a brain-dead patient is a must. However, if the consent is already given by the person when he or she was alive, there is a possibility of relatives consenting quickly. This initiative will help in creating awareness in the society. After announcing this programme, even those who are not aware are making inquiries.”