Need to promote Organ donation

Need to promote Organ donation
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A seminar on organ donation by Dr G Samaram, a physician and surgeon at Vasvaya Nursing Home, was conducted in the city recently.

A seminar on organ donation by Dr G Samaram, a physician and surgeon at Vasvaya Nursing Home, was conducted in the city recently.

IMA former national president Dr G Samaram speaks at a health camp in Vijayawada on Saturday

“Many people are not coming forward to donate organs of deceased persons in their families. People from the age of 1 to 90 are eligible for donating their kidneys, pancreas and liver,” said Dr Samaram.

“Important organs like heart, kidneys, liver and eyes can also be transplanted to others from brain dead patients. Every year nearly 10 lakh people in our country are dying due to lack of organ donors,” he added.

In countries like Spain, Belgium and Austria, people come forward voluntarily to pledge to donate their organs after their death. Advanced medical techniques were used in hospitals in other countries to preserve organs in an ice box for a long period.

“Organs must be extracted from a dead body within six hours of death. Through advanced medical techniques like immunology, surgical management and organic preservation the organs are easily being transplanted. Organic transplantation should be done only after finding that the tissue is suitable for the recipient,” the doctor said.

Speaking on the issue of organs being sold for money, the doctor said, “In our country organ donation got legalised and the government passed strict rules for stopping the usage of organ donation for commercial purposes. Organ donation completely depends on an individual’s decision of donating his/ her organs to the needy.”

“Nearly 50 people can benefit from one dead person’s organs. The government should take up measures to conduct awareness campaigns in spreading the importance of organ donation among the people,” the doctor opined.

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