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PGI to organise competition to promote organ donation

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh , June 09, 2014
First Published: 09:35 IST(9/6/2014) | Last Updated: 09:40 IST(9/6/2014)

To generate awareness on organ donation among people, the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) will organise a poster-making competition on “Organ Donation ” theme on ‘ World Organ Donation Day’ at the Bhargava Auditorium, PGIMER, Chandigarh, on August 6.

According to a PGIMER press release, the contest will be conducted by the department of hepatology, PGIMER, Chandigarh.

The contest is open for everyone and the winners will be given for cash prizes ranging from 5,000 to 20,000.

A group of experts will evaluate the posters and it will also be exhibited at the Zakir Hall on the same day. Detailed information is available at PGI website (and on www.lampoflife.in).

The last date for the submission of application for the postermaking competition is July 15.According to experts, a huge gap exists between patients who need organs and potential organ donors.

“It’s not that there aren’ t enough organs to transplant. Nearly every person who dies naturally, or in an accident, is a potential organ donor. Even so, innumerable patients cannot find a donor. Rough estimates indicate that anywhere between two and three million Indians may have died in the last couple of years because they could not get an organ transplant. One person can save the life of about 8-10 persons; hence organ donation is considered to be a true ‘Gift of Life’,” said an expert from PGIMER.

Organ shortage is a global problem, but India lags much behind of the rest of the world. The organ donation rate from dead bodies in India is estimated to be a minuscule 0.05 per million (10 lakh) people, although India has among the world’s highest number of deaths from road accidents.

Hong Kong’s organ donation rate is 5 per million, while it’s 25 per million in the United States.

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