New Delhi | A spur in Delhi can shake a million hearts. That is the aim of Campaign on Organ Donation (CORD) launched today by Saroj Super Speciality Hospital in association with MOHAN Foundation & ORGAN India.
The Hospital along with leading voluntary groups MOHAN Foundation, ORGAN India and Fijeeha launched CORD which aims to substantially increase the number of enrollments for donations aiming a target of 1000 per year besides working with Delhi Government to ensure speedy setting up of an organ donation registry in the city, among others.
”At present, Delhi sees an average of 20 cadaver donors per year and through CORD we target to enroll about 500 per cent more live donors – or three donors per day across Delhi- NCR through extensive use of conventional and social media, community mobilisation and participatory social movements,” said Dr PK Bhardwaj, Medical Director, Saroj Super Speciality Hospital.
Delhi has one of the countrys lowest organ donation rates in the country, and there is an urgent need to step up the number of donors to bring it at par with states like Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh to save more lives.
CORD will also submit a petition to Union HRD Minister Mrs Smriti Irani and Delhi Education Minister Mr Manish Sisodia urging them to make organ donation as part of school curriculum Dr Singh said during the conference.
Between 2012 and 2014, Delhi NCR registered a mere 59 cadaver donors against 350 in Tamil Nadu, 116 in Maharashtra, and 105 each in Kerala and Andhra Pradesh. The total organs retrieved were 144 as against 1057, 276, 168 and 298 respectively, in these states.
Saroj Super Speciality has recently launched a new state-of-the-art multi-organ transplant facility, joining the elite group of very few hospitals in NCR to offer this high-end service. Cost is another deterrent factor and at our Hospital we offer one of the most competitive packages across Delhi, added Dr Bhardwaj.
Dr RP Singh, Director & HoD, Centre for Liver Transplant & Gastro Sciences, Saroj Super Speciality Hospital said, ”There are three key factors for the low rates in Delhi – cultural, legal and capacity. While lack of awareness and religious beliefs are two major cultural stumbling blocks, lack of adequate infrastructure and competent doctors limit our capacities. Laws are another hurdle and must be made simpler. We need massive public support to overcome the cultural deterrent, while government and private sector should get together to address the capacity issues.”
”We want Delhi to become equally effective as any other big city in developed world, when it comes to organ donations, both living and dead. A spur in Delhi can shake a million hearts and CORD intends to do precisely that,” said Dr Singh, who has participated in about 700 liver transplants so far.
While globally there have been substantial shifts in attitudes towards organ donation, Delhi has lagged behind. ”One of the key objectives of CORD would be inclusion of organ donation in school curriculum and towards this we shall work with government and schools to sensitive and create awareness,” said Ms Sunayana Singh of ORGAN India.
Saroj Super Speciality Hospital is a healthcare provider operating since December 1996. This 220+ bedded multi-super speciality hospital, located in the North West region of Delhi is well-equipped with latest technologies, and modern amenities.
It has sophisticated medical diagnostic and therapeutic equipments like highly advanced Cath lab Units, Operation Theatres, Ultra fast Multi slice CT scan, Non-invasive cardiac lab and many other state-of-the art technologies for performing advanced laparoscopic surgeries. It provides comprehensive healthcare services through its Centres of Excellence and its various specialities.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), only about 0.01 per cent in India donate their organs after death, while in Western countries around 70-80 percent of people pledge their organs. Awareness using media will be one of the key and we are happy to participate in this campaign, said Dr Pooja Rana of Fijeeha.
CORD has drawn an elaborate campaign plan. MOHAN Foundation and Organ India are already running organ donation awareness program besides active engagement with government of bringing out enabling legislation. Saroj Super Speciality Hospital with its new, state-of the-art facilities and a team of competent doctor becomes first such hospital in city to join a program like this.