It is not often that government officials leave their offices and get on the streets to fight for a cause. But that’s exactly what Dr Pravin Shingare, joint director of Directorate of Medical Education and Research, will do on Sunday.
He is participating in the Dream Run to create awareness about the importance of cadaver donation. “I have seen many patients suffer because they have not got a cadaver kidney. Often, their relatives have to undergo a major surgery and donate their own kidney. This will stop if families of brain-dead patients start donating his/her organs,” he said.
Dr Shingare has been jogging everyday for three months for the marathon.
Around 25 others including Dr Vatsala Trivedi, secretary of the Zonal Transplant Co-ordination Committee will also run at the event.
Sita Gupta, who has been waiting for more than two years for a cadaver kidney, lauded the effort. “If awareness increases, then donation will go up and people like me will get a new life.”
Gupta is tethered to a dialysis machine three times a week after she suffered renal failure three years ago. Gupta is just one of the over 1,150 people from the city who on the wait-list for cadaver kidneys.