Sustained and consistent campaigns are required to promote awareness of organ donation in society and to make people understand that by donating the organs of a beloved, they are giving the gift of life to another person, Shashi Tharoor, MP, has said.

He was inaugurating a workshop on cadaver organ transplantation here on Monday, organised jointly by the Union Health Ministry and the State government.

The workshop was organised as the first step towards creating awareness of and sensitizing the public to ‘deceased organ donation' — donating the organs of a person who has been declared brain-dead by doctors — as so many lives are lost owing to non-availability of organs for transplantation.

Kerala is in the process of setting up its own cadaver organ transplant programme on the lines of the successful Tamil Nadu organ donation model and the government has already drawn up a legal framework to enable the programme.

Mr. Tharoor pointed out that there would be many who would be willing to donate their organs in the event of brain death but that clear information needed to be conveyed to the public on how they could actually do it. He also declared his willingness to donate his organs and signed the legal documents for the same.

The convener of the Tamil Nadu programme and Professor of Vascular Surgery, Madras Medical College, Amalor Pavanathan, spoke about how unstinted government support had enabled the State to draw up a model cadaver transplant programme for the country.

Rajeev Sadanandan, Principal Secretary, Health; Ramdas Pisharody, Principal, Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, and the coordinator of Kerala's cadaver organ transplant programme; N.K. Mohanty, Special DG, Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS); K.M. Chandrasekhar, Vice-Chairman of State Planning Board; High Court Judge S. Siri Jagan spoke.

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