Organ Donation Awareness and Promotion programme held in Coimbatore

The number of people who volunteered to donate organs was very low, said J. Amalorpavanathan, State Co-ordinator, Cadaver Transplant Programme, at the ‘Organ Donation Awareness and Promotion’ programme for nursing college students, the police and public, held here on Saturday.

Indian lagged behind very many countries in the number of people who volunteered to donate organs, he said and pointed out that while 36 in every million donated organs in Spain, it was only 0.2 per million in India.

The Rotary Club of Coimbatore, Coimbatore Central and Coimbatore Ikons had organised the programme.

Lalitha Raghuram, Country Head, Mohan Foundation, Hyderabad, said that organ donors were heroes.

Kin of brain dead people when motivated the right way not only came forward to have the organs harvested but also extended financial assistance to the needy for operation.

The Foundation had in the past decade helped 1,100 persons by helping them get organs by assisting organ transplantation.

Rajasekar Perualla, Senior Consultant, HPB and Transplant Surgeon, Global Hospital, gave a detailed presentation on organ donation. Motivational speaker Parveen Sultana also spoke. Over 1,000 nursing college students, 600 policemen and 400 members of the public attended the programme.

The organisers also presented ‘Professional Excellence Award’ to Global Hospital, Mohan Foundation and National Network for Organ Sharing for the pioneering work they had done in the field.

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