Organ Donation: Huge gap in demand-supply a matter of high concern

Barsaba Taglieri
Agosto 13, 2017

Every year, 90pc people in need of a critical organ to save their life end up facing death due to unavailability of donors. Similarly, only 5000 kidneys are available against a demand of 21000. According to the Transplantation of Human Organs (Amendment) Act, 2011, near relatives - spouse, children, parents, siblings, grandparents and grandchildren - can donate organs directly without appearing before these committees.

Compared to 26 donors per million people in U.S. and 36 donors per million people in Spain, India stands at an alarming 0.26 donors per million people, which means that there is not even one person donating organs in one million of population.

"Gift A Life" is a unique initiative of the Apollo Institute of Transplants to encourage people to pledge their organs and save countless lives in the process. On this day, government organizations and other related professionals organises campaigns and other programs in order to motivate people to donate the organs as well as to make them understand the value and importance of organ donation in the life of an individual.

"Another factor which hinders the organ donation is that there are many unscientific and superstitious myths attached to it which discourage people to come forward to register".

All the staff of Indraprastha Apollo Hospital also took pledge to donate organs along with Gautam Gambhir.

Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju lauded the noble gesture of the paramilitary force saying that such an initiative is important as many "precious lives are lost" in the country because the patients do not get organ donors.

Noting that numerous donor families are economically backward, he said the National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO) had proposed helping them financially.

However, Prasad said the funds would not be given to families directly in cash as it is against the principle that drives organ donation.

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