Park in Kota spreads awareness on organ donation
The ‘Angadaan Dehdaan Park’ set up near Teenbatti Chauraha in Kota.Updated: May 16, 2018 22:33 IST
Hindustan Times, Kota
Replicas of heart, lungs, kidneys, eyes and human bodies have been put up at a park in Kota with slogans written all round to create awareness about cadaveric organ donations.
The ‘Angadaan Dehdaan Park’ (Organ, body donation park) set up near Teenbatti Chauraha in Rajasthan’s Kota city assumes significance in the context of a huge demand-supply disparity in the country in cadaveric organ donations.
India’s organ donation rate in 2016 stood at 0.8 persons per million population compared to Spain’s 36 per million, Croatia’s 32 per million or US’s 26 per million, according to studies. Despite cadaveric organ donations witnessing a near fourfold increase in the last five years, over 2.5 lakh deaths in India are attributed to organ failure annually, experts say.
“The park was earlier known as the organ body donation memorial park, established by the Kota Municipal Corporation about a decade ago. In the park, there were no replicas and information about organ/body donation,” said Varun Rasewat, project chairman of the Lions Club, Kota North, which adopted the KMC park seven months ago.
“KMC left the park half-way. Its development into an organ/body donation park is now underway,” he said.
‘Leave superstition, do organ or body donation’, ‘Organ donation, best donation’, ‘Stay alive forever through organ donation’, ‘Want place in heaven, do organ/body donation’ and similar messages have been displayed at the park. Guidelines for organ/body donation and contact numbers of the authorities at the anatomy department of the Government Medical College of Kota are also written on the park walls.
“Kota Medical College has received only 23 human bodies for research and academic studies in the last 25 years since its establishment. This was inadequate for the medical students. So we decided to develop the organ body donation park to motivate people to come for cadaver donations,” Rasewat said.
Names of the organ and body donors will be written on the memorial at the park, so that visitors will be motivated for cadaver donations, he said, adding that around Rs 4 lakh has been spent on the development of the park.
“Motivational and public awareness programmes on body/organ donations will be carried out regularly with the help of NGOs,” Rasewat said.
First Published: May 16, 2018 22:33 IST