Cherukulathur village in Kozhikode sets an example in organ donation

After its successful ride to grab the title of being the State’s first village to have the maximum concentration of people willing to donate their eyes, the Cherukulathur village in Peruvayal panchayat is going to embark on another voluntary initiative to encourage organ donation among citizens.

As many as 1,500 consent letters signed by people in and around the region will be handed over to the authorities concerned at a special function at the village on Sunday.

This is the first time that a village in Kozhikode district was coming forward to support an organ donation drive. It was being encouraged by the State government and the medical fraternity. In the past months, villagers were busy attending special awareness seminars on the subject.

It was on February 12, 2012 that a formal declaration on making Cherukulathur an ‘organ donation friendly village’ came from the citizens’ forum there.

Workers of the K.P. Govindankutty Memorial Library and Reading Room in the village took the lead role and decided to complete the consent letter collection drive in one year.

The support of the grama panchayat too was sought to make the drive a success.

K.P. Govindankutty and K.R. Subrahmanyan, who coordinated the programme, said it was the first time in the State that a village had come forward with so many consent letters for organ donation.

People cooperated with the initiative as they were given proper awareness classes on the need to protect human lives, they added.

Office-bearers of the library, with the support of the panchayat, invited special trainers and people from the medical fraternity to steer the public awareness campaigns and seminars. Both the aged and the young were sensitised on the topic.

The coordinators said such initiatives would continue and more enrolments sought.

It was in 2003 that Cherukulathur first made its entry into the collective social responsibility tasks by collecting over 1,500 consent letters for eye donation.

The project, inaugurated by writer M.T. Vasudevan Nair, had come in for praise then.

The project, launched with the support of some senior citizens, subsequently got the backup of the youth. Official sources said over 140 persons had so far got the benefit of the eye donation campaign.

  • Formal declaration made on February 12, 2012

  • Awareness classes organised for citizens