Campaign to spread awareness about organ donation in state

  • Sadaguru Pandit and Aayushi Pratap, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Aug 11, 2016 00:56 IST

In the backdrop of the kidney racket, the public health department, along with the Directorate of Medical Education (DMER) and Directorate of Health Services (DHS), will spread the message of organ transplant through an awareness programme between August 15 and September 1.

Dr Pravin Shingare, director, DMER, said the state wants to incentivise organ donations in the state, so more families participate in the programme. “We are in the process of discussing if these families can be covered under the government’s Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayee Arogya Yojana,” said Shingare.

The state is slated to provide health insurance to all donor families.

Other officials from the DHS, who are working on the event, confirmed the platform will be used to reach out to the smallest possible public health units in every village and district to popularise the idea of cadaver donations. “In the wake of the recent events and issues with live transplants, we will encourage people to come forward and take part in cadaver donations, which eliminates the risks and loopholes involved in live organ transplants,” said the official.

Doctors from public health department working said putting an end to the exploitation of poor is the main. “Agents con illiterate and poor people into live organ transplants for the sake of money. The state government wants to create awareness about the legal implications of taking part in such donations and its health hazards,” said an official.

Dr Gauri Rathod, state’s nodal officer for human organ transplant programme, said there is a huge gap between the number of organ failure patients and cadaver donations. “In India, the cadaver donations are less than 1% of the total number of brain deaths. There is a need to strengthen the programme and get public hospitals to participate actively,” she said.

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