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Lets pledge to donate organs this Organ Donation Day
HARISH DIDO | 06 Aug 2013

Modern technology has made it possible to transplant organs like heart, kidney, cornea, lung and liver from one human being to another, to save or enhance the quality of life of patients, who suffer organ damage. Today is Organ Donation Day. A simple decision you take today of donating your organs after death, can turn hopes of many into reality.

While organ donation is a great boon of modern surgery, it is also an honourable charity to save lives of other fellow human beings. Moreover, it is a highly rewardable act despite the fact that an artificial transplant is no substitute for a natural organ transplant. It is one of the greatest way of showing sympathy to others. In this sense, organ donation promotes a noble, humane spirit in society. It signifies living with the spirit of compassion for others.

Some say, there is life after death, while some say, once it’s over, it’s all over.  But, it just depends on what you believe and what it leads you to do.  You can let your life tell you, when your time is about to be up or you can donate your organs after you have left the motherly earth.

As per the stats published in Times of India report few days back, the Indian highways witnessed 4.9 lakh road accidents last year, which resulted to 1.38 lakh deaths. Certain lives could have been saved if the practice of organ donation in India was supported by one and all, by pledging to donate organ after death.

Due to dearth of organ donations, 5 lakhs people die every year. There is a large demand for liver and kidneys. If there are willing donors, then the situation can be controlled and lives can be saved.

Presently, Spain has 35 organ donors per million people, Britain has 27, US has 26, Canada has 14 and Australia has 11. India's count of organ donors stands at 0.16 per million population only, as per the Times of India reports. This in itself establishes the need for the Indian populace to donate organs.

Lives can be saved if we pledge to donate organs. The people of Fazilka, newly formed district near the Indo-Pak border in Punjab, are however coming forward to donate eyes after death to give light to needy persons and  a local NGO have motivated 250 such families and successfully transplanted to 500 persons.

In order to cater to the demands of organ-failure patients, it is time for our fellow citizens to start donating their organs after death. But, the irony of the situation is, we are not willing to do so. We cannot put the blame solely across people as well. There have been incidents, where the poor have sold their kidneys to rich patients. Here comes a case of exploitation. Hence, due to such reasons, an act was passed in 1994 to stop this illegal and unethical trade.

No doubt, the Union government is in the midst of setting up a national organ sharing body; a draft of the changes in law has been put up online for feedback, but the medical professionals are reluctant to certify brain death, in view of the paperwork and responsibility associated with such declarations are time-consuming.  There are over one lakh brain deaths, which occur every year in India according to Urologist Sunill Shroff from Chennai.

The organ donation and its transplant would get popular and standardized only when it is implemented in public hospitals as private hospitals are looked with suspicion of profiteering when they introduce such systems. More-over, organ transplant is an expensive process and the government must provide financial support to help the patients.