Hospitals in the city organised programmes on Thursday to dispel myths about organ donation and transplantation. For the past seven years the International Society of Nephrology has been observing the second Thursday of March as World Kidney Day. The theme for this year was ‘Donate kidneys for life'.

MIOT Hospital honoured five patients who had been transplanted across blood groups.

Around 25 kidney transplant patients participated in a programme organised by the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital. On Wednesday, the hospital screened 350 sweepers and sanitary workers of Chennai Corporation for diabetes and hypertension.

The Government Stanley Hospital's Nephrology department organised an organ donation awareness programme which was addressed by S. Ashokan, father of Hithendran. His parents donated his organs after he died in a road accident in 2008.

At the programme organised by Sri Ramachandra Hospital, Commissioner P.W.C. Davidar urged people to exercise regularly to prevent kidney diseases. TRUST Hospital, Arumbakkam, organised an interactive session with a panel of religious leaders, legal and medical professionals.Tamilnad Kidney Research (TANKER) Foundation organised screening camps to detect renal diseases.

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