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PGI launches website to promote organ donation

The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) on Saturday launched the website and logo of the Regional Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (ROTTO).

punjab Updated: Mar 20, 2016 14:46 IST
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In the initial stages, the website will provide information about the process of organ donation and later on it will provide databases of potential organ donors present in various hospitals in the region.(HT Photo)

The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) on Saturday launched the website and logo of the Regional Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (ROTTO).

In the initial stages, the website will provide information about the process of organ donation and later on it will provide databases of potential organ donors present in various hospitals in the region.

The Regional Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (ROTTO), PGI, organised its first workshop, in which participants from various hospitals of the six adjoining states participated.

The event was organised under the aegis of National Organ Transplant Programme to discuss ways to

increase the deceased donation rate and help overcome organ shortage. Nodal officer Vipin Koushal said under this programme, PGIMER will co-ordinate with hospitals across Chandigarh and the six neighbouring states including Punjab, Haryana, HP, J&K, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand.

Programme on hormonal disorders among women

The endocrinology department of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research is all set to start a women empowerment programme to spread awareness about endocrine diseases in women.

Endocrinology department head Dr Anil Bhansali said, “Endocrine disorders are more prevalent in women as compared to men. The ratio of prevalence is 2:1.”

When asked about the reason for this, he said endocrine disorders are autoimmune in nature. “Autoimmune disorder means that the body’s immune system attacks and destroys a healthy body tissue by mistake. These are common in women, because there are two X-chromosomes, which predispose women to have more autoimmune disorders like thyroid, diabetes, premature ovarian failure and others,” he explained.

He said that a data collected in 2012 revealed that 45% of the city residents were obese, out of which 58% were women.

Endocrinologist Dr Rama Walia said “Around a year ago, held a programme in collaboration with 100 endocrinologists and diabetologists from across India and discussed endocrine diseases related endocrine to women and prepared a standard module for the programme.

Various informative tools were also prepared for use in community programme which include presentations, movies and a health-related snake and ladder game. The department will conduct its first meeting on Sunday.