There are millions of people in this country who need an organ for survival. If they get an organ, they can get a new life. Each year, hundreds of people die while waiting for an organ transplant. There is a shortage of organs, and the gap between the number of organs donated and the number of people waiting for a transplant is getting larger. As only one per cent of them get an organ at the right time.
According to the official statistics, annually, two lakh recipients registered for kidney transplant in the country, but around 8,000 could manage to get a transplant. Annually, out of 85,000 liver failures that join the country’s waitlist, less than three per cent of them, get a liver transplant.
To educate people regarding the importance of organ donation, Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital are taking special efforts to create awareness in the medical fraternity about the same. A team of around six doctors from the hospital are pursuing this mission on voluntary basis and plan to cover as many districts in the state as possible in future.
Since last six months, these doctors have conducted sessions in different government and non-government hospitals in Satara, Karhad, Chiplun, Nashik, Latur, Ahmednagar and Aurangabad.
Dr Prasad Akole, Consultant Intensive Care at Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital explained, “There is need to create awareness on things like from identifying potential donor to the available modern technology which aids in the process of organ donation. Doctors and other medical staff, in the peripheral parts of Maharashtra, still, are ignorant. Therefore, it is essential to talk about this on medical forums.”
According to Dr Sachin Palnitkar, consultant hepatologist at Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, “Doctors in rural parts of Maharashtra are not aware about National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOOTO) guidelines. If the doctors are made aware, then only, they will be able to convince relatives of brain dead patients to go for organ donations. For the workshop, we are also tying up with IMA district authority in the district so that more and more doctors attend the workshop.”
Doctors also said that awareness among the medical fraternity in rural areas is essential, as many brain dead patients are referred to cities for organ donation, from the rural areas.