PGIMER organising games to promote organ donation

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Mar 26, 2016 23:44 IST

Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) is organising transplant games on Sunday to promote organ donation. The recipients of organ donation, members from a deceased donor family and living donors will participate in the transplant games.

The games are scheduled to be held on March 27 at the sports ground (near advanced cardiac centre), PGIMER. More than 300 persons who have undergone kidney, liver, heart, pancreas transplantation have already registered for the games and there will be provision of spot registration for some events.

Events like Cricket, 100m race, 400m relay race, Badminton, 400m Walk, Javelin, Shot-put , Carom and other will be organised. “Many of the organ failure patients previously may not have been able to engage in any sort of sporting activity due to their illness. But the gift of organ donation enables these patients to maintain a normal life style and live their life to the fullest. It also encourages transplant recipients to be involved in sporting events to maintain a healthy lifestyle,” said an official from PGIMER.

These games are held across the world by the World Transplant Games Federation which has been staging sporting events for transplant athletes at an international level for the past 35 years in order to demonstrate the physical success of transplant surgery and to raise awareness of the need to increase organ donation.

In addition, the department will also put up an information desk on the Sports ground from 9.00 am - 1.00PM. This information desk will distribute various information brochures pertaining to organ donation after death. Along with that, the information desk will also distribute organ donor cards to people who wish to donate organs after death. Anyone interested in obtaining information regarding organ donation can also visit the venue of Transplant Games at PGI.

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