In a country where a dismal 0.1 organ donation happens per million population, there is a strong need for awareness among masses. On Thursday, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital’s transplant institute launched an online initiative to create large-scale awareness about organ donation.
Cricketer Gautam Gambhir, launched the website - www.giftalife.org - as part of the hospital’s ‘gift a life’ initiative to reach out to maximum people and encourage them to register for organ donation through the website from anywhere in the world.
“The need is immense, so we should come forward in large numbers to pledge our organs,” said Gambhir, who announced his wish to donate his organs. Talking about the huge demand and supply gap, Dr Anupam Sibal, paediatric liver specialist, Apollo, said, “We need 200,000 liver transplants in a year; what we get is a meagre 60,000. Every three minutes someone in needs a liver to survive.”