Apollo Hospitals, IMA WDW sign MoU to advocate cause of organ donation

Representatives of Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals & IMA WDW during signing of MoU for cause of organ donation.
Representatives of Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals & IMA WDW during signing of MoU for cause of organ donation.

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 19: As part of celebration of World Organ Donation Day and to advocate the cause of organ donation, Apollo Hospitals Group has signed a MoU with the Woman Doctors Wing (WDW) of IMA to make people aware about the cause.
The focus of this partnership is to educate the masses through a sustained campaign and help save precious lives.
This event was aimed to felicitate brave souls who had the courage to save someone’s life by donating their own organs and thereby bust the myths related to organ donation.
The event saw participation from donors and majorly donor families, who donated their organs to save someone’s life and was addressed by Dr N Subramanian, Director Medical Services & Senior Consultant-Urology, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, along with Dr Neelam Lekhi, President, Delhi Chapter, IMA, WDW who also pledged to donate their organs.
Dr Neelam Lekhi, President – Delhi Chapter, IMA, WDW, said: “When alive, a person can save at least one life by donating his organs, whereas a brain dead patient can give a gift of life to at least 3-4 people. In India, there are many myths associated with organ donation, owing to which there is a lack of willingness and awareness, leading to a low organ donation ratio. Through such platforms, we aim to drive the cause of organ donation and make more and more people aware about the noble cause.”
Dr N Subramaniam, said that many successful transplants have been conducted at Apollo Hospitals, saving lives through timely transplants, which has been a result of quick coordination between the organ transplant teams and NOTTO.
Dr D R Rai, Former secretary general IMA, acknowledged the efforts and assured IMA will take lead in educating the public to come forward and donate their organs.
The programme also saw launch of “Organ Donor Cards” which was given to people who pledged to donate their organs. Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals has initiated this drive across 30 locations including various Medical Colleges namely GTB, LNJP, GB Pant, Lal Bahadur Shastri, MAMC, Safdarjung, RML etc. Private hospitals including Shanti Mukund, Mata Chanan Devi too have come forward to join this drive. People are being sensitized at various other locations such as Yamuna Sports Complex, RWA’s, Educational Institutions etc.