To mark the “Organ Donation Day”, a walkathon was held in the city on Sunday. City Police Commissioner Amaresh Pujari flagged off the march from P.S.G. Hospitals in which more than 750 students from the PSG medical, paramedical, arts and technology institutes and from the schools participated.
Organised by P.S.G. Hospital, the march that ended at CODISSIA was conducted to raise awareness on organ donation. L. Gopalakrishnan, Managing Trustee, PSG Institutions, presided over the function.
The organisers said that the Government of India had recognised the concept of brain death and legalises the procurement of organs from brain dead persons by passing the transplantation of Human Organs Act (1994). Organs that can be shared include eyes, kidney, liver, heart, lung and pancreas. By becoming an organ or tissue donor, a person can donate two eyes, two kidneys, heart, liver, pancreas, intestine and lungs to different patients, who are in need of it. Hence, one brain dead person can save up to eight lives.
Students carried placards displaying message that there is a huge gap between demand and supply of organs and hence, encouraged the people to donate organs.