Pune: Sahyadri Hospitals Ltd. – Maharashtra’s largest chain of hospitals celebrated ‘Organ Donation Day 2016’ by organizing a free seminar on the importance of ‘Organ Donation’. The event saw a huge turnout at the Vardhaman Pratishthan, SB Road, and Pune and was jointly organized with the help of the PM Shah Foundation and the Vardhaman Foundation.
The event was headed by an esteemed company of panelists that included Dr. Bipin Vibhute (Consultant, Liver Transplant & Hepatobiliary Surgeon), Dr. Prashantha S Rao (Consultant, Liver Transplant & Hepatobiliary Surgeon) and Dr. Manish Pathak (Consultant, Transplant Anaesthesia & Critical Care) of Sahyadri Hospital’s Centre for Organ Transplant (SCOT) along with Ms. Sharmila Padhye (Medical Social Worker) and Mr. Abhay Huparikar (President of ZTCC).
The panelist members spoke on the importance of ‘Organ Donation’, Need for organ donors, misconceptions on organ donation, How can one become Organ Donor, Who can donate organs, When can the Organs be donated etc.
Dr. Bipin Vibhute, Liver Expert, stated that Organ Donation cases are growing with each passing day but sadly the number of organ donors are always short. The main reason is the lack of awareness and the myths pertaining to Organ Donation in our country. He also added that Sahyadri Hospitals are on the fore front of imparting education to the public with such awareness events, as the need of the hour is to educate people the importance of Organ Donation.
Speaking on the occasion, Adv. Chetan Gandhi, Director PM Shah Foundation commented,”There is huge need of over 2 lac kidney and 1 lac livers in India every year. According to the information received from the WHO, in all citizens only few people donate their organs as compared to the western countries. The Indian people and Government should also take initiatives for Organ Donation to increase this number”.
Dr. Abhay Huparikar, Honorable Secretary of ZTCC (Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre) commented, “Donating Organs is not a tedious affair as ZTCC as well as each of the registered hospitals like Sahyadri Speciality Hospital, Deccan Gymkhana has a trained ‘Organ Donation Counselor’ who assists in providing all the necessary information needed for carrying out Organ Donation.”
The event also witnessed the felicitation of the families of organ donors, who all had donated their organs in a bid to save multiple lives. The family members were called on stage and felicitated by the panelist members. They received a token appreciation and were appreciated by all present at the event.
A member of the felicitated family commented, “We were never aware of the concept of Organ Donation. The medical social workers of Sahyadri Hospitals explained us how important it was to donated organs and how we would help saving upto 9 lives by this nobel cause.”
Ms. Sharmila Padhye, Medical Social Worker for Sahyadri Hospitals, remarked that pledging organ donation before death can be of great help to introduce and persuade the relatives of the brain dead patients. It is important to note that Organ Donation is a voluntary act and there is no monetary compensation for the Donors family.
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