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‘Promote organ donation by tourism’

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Rajya Sabha member K.R.Arjunan( Second Left) receiving a consent letter from a volunteer at an organ donation awareness programme in Udhagamandalam- Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy
Rajya Sabha member K.R.Arjunan( Second Left) receiving a consent letter from a volunteer at an organ donation awareness programme in Udhagamandalam- Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy

Indian Red Cross Society, the Nilgiris chapter, the Abu Babaji Charitable Mission Trust and the Ooty Press Club conducted an awareness programme on organ donation. Delivering the presidential address, K.R. Mani, Chairman, IRCS, The Nilgiris, pointed out that this hill station attracted about 24 lakh domestic tourists and thousands of oversees visitors every year.

Hence, this reach should be used to motivate more persons to join the list of donors.

Inaugurating the programme, K.R. Arjunan, MP, said that he would set aside funds under the Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme for the purchase of three ambulances.

The Chairman, Udhagamandalam Municipal Council, K. Sathyabama, observed that if programmes connected with health problems are conducted frequently many lives can be saved.

The Chairman, Aavin, A. Miller, said that the AIADMK government has always attached a great deal of importance to organ and eye donations. The Deputy Director, Health, P.G. Bhanumathy, said that in organ donations money should neither be offered nor accepted.

Organ transplant

The head of the Abu Babaji Charitable Mission Trust, Ramu Baba, exhorted people to strive to be of use to one another. Joint Director of Health, M.A. Perumal, said that in successfully carrying out an organ transplant speed was of considerable importance.

Delivering the valedictory address, M. Buddhichandran, MLA, said that such programmes should also be conducted in places like Kundah and Kotagiri and added that the government would extend assistance. IRCS Secretary K. Gopal proposed a vote of thanks.

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