India to soon have database of 20 lakh organ donors: Nadda
Organ donation is not enough, people need to keep their family informed about it, said Nadda.jaipur Updated: Jul 11, 2017 08:50 IST
India will soon have a database of 20 lakh organ donors and the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) will help the country achieve this, union health minister J P Nadda said Monday. This move will save people who die for the want of organs, he added.
The minister, who is also the IRCS chairman, was addressing an event to commemorate the World Red Cross Day at Birla Auditorium in Jaipur.
Nadda said IRCS has to become a support system to the health department. “The way IRCS has promoted voluntary blood donation in a big way, it should promote organ donation too,” he said, adding that the Centre would also promote organ donation with the National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO).
Nadda said just taking oath for organ donation will not help – people need to pledge their organs and keep their family informed about their decision.
He said an idea of Henry Dunant, the founder of Red Cross Society, became a movement, which is praised at the international level. In 97 years of IRCS history, the World Red Cross Day has been celebrated outside Delhi for the first time, Nadda added.
Rajasthan Governor and president of IRCS Rajasthan chapter, Kalyan Singh, announced a donation of ₹5 lakh to the society on the occasion.
Singh said Red Cross is an independent institution that works to provide help to victims of external or internal war and is setting up a global ideal by working for humanity.
Earlier, IRCS vice-chairman Avinash Rai Khanna called upon people to make organ donation a movement. He asked Rajasthan health minister Kali Charan Saraf to stop the misuse of Red Cross emblem. “Only army can use it, while it is being used by doctors, medical stores and others,” he added.
He also suggested for first-aid training to at least one member of every family.
In his address, Saraf assured Khanna of steps to stop the misuse of Red Cross emblem. In the next three months, IRCS branches will be opened in all the districts of Rajasthan and more people will be motivated to join it, he said.
On the occasion, Nadda launched the Red Cross Central Volunteer Registry for people who want to get associated with the society.
The Governo, Jaipur MP Ramcharan Bohra, MLA Mohan Lal Gupta and Saraf became life members of IRCS by donating ₹500 each.