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Dr. Hariprasad, President, Apollo Hospitals talks about the need for more awareness on organ donation

Date: 11 Aug 17

On the eve of organ donation, Apollo Hospitals along with Jeevana Dan and CII Young Indian hosted a programme Gift an Organ and spare a life, to build awareness amongst the youth about organ donation and the plight of terminally ill patients awaiting succor through organ transplantation. The event was held at Apollo Hospitals, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad. Dr. Hariprasad, President - Apollo Hospitals, Dr. Swarnalatha, CEO - Jeevana Dan, Dr. AGK Gokhale, - Senior Consultant Cardio Thoracic Surgeon, Dr. Subramanyam, Senior Consultant - Kidney Transplant and Dr. Padmaja Lokireddy - Consultant Haemato Oncologist, Apollo Hospitals speaking on the occasion, said that the organ donation programme, Jeevana Dan has made an excellent beginning in the state but needs to take wing to satiate the dire need for organs for millions of patients, virtually on their death beds. Over 300 youth from CII - Young Indian came forward to pledge their organs and handed over the signed organ donor cards. Some overwhelmed organ recipients felicitated the doctors on the occasion by tying a rakhi as a token of gratitude for saving their lives and wishing for their well-being.

Dr. Hariprasad speaking on the occasion said "India needs largest number of organs in the world for multiple reasons as we are the diabetic capital of the world with the largest number of diabetics here, leading to multiple organ damage, despite taking medication. Largest number of renal failure cases are also seen here. But today, we have the ability to do transplants even for them, including pancreatic, renal and heart transplants. Organ donation has improved but not at the at which rate it should improve. At any point of time there are 100000 people are waiting for a liver and would die if a transplant is not done. Similarly, corneal transplant which started many years ago, has still not been able to wipe out blindness in our country. South India is doing extremely well in organ transplantations and Telengana is leading the South Indian states in this drive. Apollo has launched initiatives in promoting organ donations and transplantations in the country. Best utilization of the available organ becomes paramount, therefore Apollo has specialists with the best outcomes across the country. One lakh Apollo family members across the country will be pledging their organs."

 

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