CII-Young Indians Mysuru, in association with Columbia Asia Hospital, JSS Hospital, Apollo Hospital, Narayana Multispecialty Hospital and Vikram Hospital organised an organ donation initiative programme on Sunday for the general public. The event was conducted with a view to promote and encourage the idea of organ donation among people and to help them do away with the myths associated with the donation of an organ.
Delivering the theme address, JSS Hospital Mysuru Director and CII-Yi Mysuru organ transplant event chair Dr M D Ravi said that the doctors from all major hospitals in city have come together to promote the cause ever since CII came up with the initiative as organ donation can save more than 8 to 9 lives if one person decides to donate his organs.
“Many people do have a fair idea about the concept but many do not come forward we hence need to make an attempt. Today we have around 800 signatures after a walkathon was conducted to promote the same in Mysuru last week. Many have even signed up for body donation after death. Some people are indeed prepared for it but many do not know how to go about it. So programmes like this should enlighten people about the donation of an organ and its benefits.” He said.
Director and Chief Transplant Surgeon, Columbia Asia Hospitals Dr Ajit K Huligol said: “Donation or transplantation cannot be successful unless the doctors and the other team members gel well with one another.”
Dr S Sundar, Chief Nephrologist, Columbia Asia, spoke on the necessity of donating an organ and called it a gift of life. “There is a lot of misconception about organ donation in India unfortunately. Organ donation should become a part of the school curriculum today. Because children can spread messages faster when they are taught about its values and necessities,” he felt.
Dr Manjunath Shetty, JSS Hospitals professor and HoD – Nephrology said that there was a lot of organ shortage in country and said that about thirteen people in the world daily die due to shortage of organs. “Even if 10 percent of the accident victims in India donate their organs while they are brain dead and on ventilator, shortage can be met greatly,” he said and added that most of the hospitals today were well equipped for this cause and hence so people should go ahead positively towards it.
CII Mysuru Chairman Dr N Muthukumar delivered a welcome address and said that they came up with the initiative of hosting an organ donation programme in city as it is important to donate the precious organs we possess as a part of service to the nation.
The programme was further followed by a second session by doctors who presented to the audience, insights into organ transplantation, its necessity and benefits through their talks on various related topics.
The event was promoted through a serious of other awareness related events, which were being organized in the city last month.
Chair, Gift an organ initiative Mr Bharath Devarajappa, JSS University principal Basavanagowdappa, Apollo Hospitals Medical superintendent Dr Anjali, Yi, Mysuru chair Ramya Bopanna and others were present.