Donation of a single body can save as many as 15 lives, said Prof Yogesh Chawla, director, PGIMER, on the occasion of World Organ Donation Day.
Doctors claimed that strong religious beliefs and funeral rituals also discourage people from donating organs. In medico-legal cases, doctors find it difficult to get no objection certificates (NOC) from the investigating officer.
Doctors were of the view that there was a dire need to create awareness within the police to expedite and simplify the procedure of organ donation. “Prompt action is important. Time is crucial if organs are to be removed from a body for transplant. The consent of parents and police is required in real time,” the experts said.
Prof RK Dhiman elaborated on the difficulties being faced in obtaining consent at the time of death. He said many times family members are not present in the hospital at the time of death of a patient and by the time they turn up, it is too late to take the consent. “Sometimes, there are multiple decision makers. Relatives differ in their viewpoint on organ donation especially if the person who was no more had given no clear instructions on the issue during his lifetime,” he said, adding “Religious beliefs also do not permit organ donation as some people believe that in the next birth they will be born without the removed organs.” Dr Vipin Kaushal from the hospital administration said police confirmation was mandatory at the time of donation and most of the police personnel were unaware of the laws and take a long time to reach PGI, thereby delaying the process.