16-member motorcycle expedition back in city
CHENNAI: A survey by National Cadet Corps (NCC) volunteers of D.G. Vaishnav College has revealed that little effort has been made to reach out in person to explain the concept of organ donation.
The volunteers released the survey report on Friday on their return to Chennai from a 20-day motorcycle expedition. They had interviewed 3,183 persons in 18 districts such as Dharmapuri, Palani, Tirunelveli, Villupuram, Ramanathapuram and Nagercoil to assess the awareness about organ donation.
Though about 80.1 per cent of the respondents were aware that organ donation could save a life, only 30.9 per cent knew of a relative or friend who had donated an organ, the report said. Less than half the respondents knew which organs could be donated. Less than 25 per cent said an awareness programme on the subject was held in their area.
The 16-member motorcycle expedition was flagged off on February 15 from the college. The volunteers distributed pamphlets, held meetings and spoke to commuters at bus stands and students in schools and colleges, said S. Santhosh Baboo, troop commander 1(TN) Armed Squadron NCC.
Commodore Sartaj Imam, Deputy Director General, NCC Directorate in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andaman and Nicobar, who released the survey report, urged the students to adopt a village and improve the life of the residents.
The Central government had permitted the Directorate to include two lakh more students from next year, increasing the strength of NCC to 15 lakh students. He urged the students to learn to speak in English fluently. This year, the students who did well in all aspects during the Republic Day competitions held in Delhi failed by 0.1 per cent marks because of their inability to converse in English, he said.
S. Selvakumar, consultant surgeon, Chennai Transplant Centre, a unit of Madras Medical Mission, spoke.