Chandigarh: Encouraged by the success of student engagement program, ‘Be the Change, Be an Organ Donor’ in other institutions, Regional Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (ROTTO), PGIMER, covered Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11 (PGGCG-11) under the project by organising awareness camp on organ donation in the college premises on Thursday. At the camp, as many as 51 pledged to donate their donation.
Alongside, a blood donation camp was also organised in collaboration with Department of Transfusion Medicine, PGIMER and the NGO Shiv Kanwar Mahasangh Charitable Trust.
Formally inaugurated by Prof Anita Kaushal, Principal PGGCG-11, the camp witnessed an enthusiastic response with 133 donating blood and 51 pledging for organ donation thereby, showcasing their voluntary spirit.
Expressing her happiness at the positive turnout at the camp, the principal Kaushal said that there could not have been a better way to teach the spirit of selfless service amongst the students.
Green and red being the colours of organ and blood donation, the students created an ambiance by decorating the campus with green and red balloons. Followed by the inauguration, an awareness talk on the altruistic cause of organ donation was given by a team from ROTTO, PGIMER comprising Nilakshi and Simmi B Sumbria. Responding to the queries posed by the participants pertaining to prevalent myths and misconceptions, the speakers asserted that the camp provided a good platform to reach out and make the students as well as the faculty aware and sensitise about the cause.
Dr Anita, Assistant Blood Transfusion Officer, PGIMER was all praise for the college and NGO for their initiative. Dr Anita shared that more than 200 students turned out for blood donation but 133 cases were successful as rest did not meet the pre-determined donor requisite criteria. Detailing about the intent behind organising the camp, Rakesh Sangar, president, Shiv Kanwar Mahasangh Charitable Trust shared that the ideology of the NGO is to promote a humanitarian spirit through these community camps.
People donating blood during blood donation camp at PGGCG, Sector 11
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