Ludhiana: World Organ Donation Day programme was organised by Fortis Hospital Ludhiana. More than 100 patients and their relatives attended the programme. Programme was held under the supervision of Vivan Singh Gill, Director Fortis Hospital Ludhiana. Programme was started with ‘Aardas’ (prayer). The whole session was followed by question-answer round on the procedure and difficulties during Organ Donation.
Dr Ajay Pal Singh Sandhu, consultant, psychiatry department, Fortis Hospital Ludhiana said, “In spite of all major religions in our country in favour of organ donation and having a culture which holds donations of all types in high premium, India has a dismal record in organ donation. It is seen even when the deceased had expressed a wish to donate his organs the immediate relatives refuse to honour his wishes.
Only about 0.08 percent of people consent to donate their organs in India, whereas in western countries 10 to 20 percent of people consent to donate organs. Every year approximately 5 lakh people die who could be saved by a donor. About 2 lakh people need suffer from incurable liver disease and liver transplant would be lifesaving. Similarly 50,000 need a heart transplant. For 10 lakh people having corneal blindness, a corneal transplant would be a gift of sight.
After brain death the liver, kidneys, heart and pancreas can be successfully retrieved. After natural death, the cornea, heart valves and bone can be retrieved.Dr. Ashish Jindal, Consultant Urologist and Lap and Kidney Transplant Surgeon, Fortis Hospital Ludhiana said, “Kidney disease is rampant in our country and is expected to increase with increasing incidence of diabetes and heart disease. There is need of 2 lakh kidney transplants a year, but only 3500 transplants are performed because lack of living donors.
If more people would donate their kidneys after death then such cadaveric (dead) transplants would be the norm obviating the complex re tape and corruption which exists in kidney transplantation today.By donating our organs we give the most precious gift to humanity– the gift of life.Also present on the occasion were, Dr Navdeep Khaira, Director Nephrology Department, Ankit, Head HR Department, Ajay Aggarwal, Finance Head, Amarjeet Kaur, Deputy Manager, Marketing, Fortis Hospital Ludhiana.
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