- In India, lakhs of patients are on the waiting list for organ transplant. But, on the contrary, only a few people donate organs.
- The health ministry, in a written reply in Lok Sabha, stated that in India, the organ donation rate is only 0.58 per 10 lakh people.
- In order to raise awareness about organ donation, the National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO) has planned to screen a short film about organ donation in cinema halls.
NOTTO has prepared a proposal and soon they will be submitting it to the union health ministry for approval
In India, there are a number of misconceptions about organ donation in the minds of people, and to make people aware of it, the Union and the state government are taking various initiatives. National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO) has come up with a plan.
NOTTO has planned to screen a one-minute, Nasiruddin Shah starter, short film on Organ Donation in the cinema halls just before the national anthem. The short film is titled as, ‘Back to the Future’.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Vimal Bhandari, Director, NOTTO, said, “We have planned to screen this documentary in all cinema halls. For this, we have prepared a proposal and soon we will be sending it to the ministry of health for approval. Once we have the approval, we will soon broadcast the documentary in the cinema halls.”
Dr Bhandari further said, “There are various misconceptions in the minds of people about the organ donation. We need to spread awareness so that people come forward to donate the organs.”
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Ravi Wankhede, from Mohan foundation, an NGO which works extensively to spread awareness, said, “Film is a great medium to spread awareness. With this one-minute documentary on organ donation, we can spread the message amongst the masses within no time. Organ donation is the need of the hour.”
Dr Kamal Jain, Director of Recycle Life Organ Donation Awareness Project, Giants Welfare Foundation, said, “Myths in our society regarding Organ Donation prevent many from donating Organs. This can be minimised to a greater extent if facts are shown to audience in theater or a TV shows. Educating audience with a short film on Organ Donation Awareness at every cinema theatre would be a great idea & will definitely give big boost to this social cause. Many of the 5 lakh people dying annually because of Organ shortage can be saved. Short scenes like the one in newly released movie 102 Notout starring Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor in which director have incorporated a 30 scene on eye donation can also have a big impact to motivate people on donating organs and recycle Life.”