Tuesday, July 27

Over 300 pledge to donate organs at New Town awareness camp

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An organ donation awareness camp was organized in New Town on Sunday at the New Town CB Market community hall.

The response was overwhelming as over 400 residents of New Town and surrounding areas attended the programme. Of them, more than 300 people signed on forms, pledging to donate their organs after their death.

The camp, organized by a non-government organisation, ‘Cenergy’, was inaugurated by Hidco and NKDA chairman Debashis Sen. It emphasized on the urgent need of organ donation and more such awareness camps in the country.

“It is a unique and noble thing and more awareness is needed on the issue,” Sen said.

“It is one of the most noble initiatives that can be taken. Instead of donation, I would like to term it as ‘organ gift’. More awareness, sensitisation and implementation is needed on this issue,” said 74-year-old Samir Kumar Mitra, a retired BSF DG and a resident of New Town. Mitra pledged to donate all his organs.

“It will be great if my organs could be used after my death,” said Sukumar Mukherjee, a senior resident. “It was my desire for a long time to donate my organs. I am happy that I got the chance today,” said Nirode Baran Kundu, another elderly resident of New Town.

Tamal Kanti Ghosh, state health department special secretary, gave a detailed presentation on the regulation and methods of organ donation in the country and abroad.

According to statistics, about 5 lakh people die every year in India because of unavailability of organs and about 1.5 lakh brain deaths occur in the country. While just 400 people, out of a crore, donate their organs in the US and Europe, less than three people per crore donate their organs in India. This reveals the urgent need of awareness on organ donation in India.


Source: Times of India

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