Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar appeals people to pledge to donate organs on World Organ Donation day

Dr B Thomas (Special correspondent)

During this Azadi Ki Amrit Mahotsav,pledge to donate your organs which could be the amrit of someone’s life,said Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar during a press conference held on Friday, August 12.

The press conference was held to brief about the the awareness program where a human chain will be formed from Bengaluru’s Mekhri Circle to Freedom Park on Saturday to mark the World Organ Donation Day.

The human chain will consist of over 5000 which would include students,youth and ASHA workers to express cooperation amongst people.

In addition to this,several belonging to the field of health and medicine will stand in the shape of kidneys at Tripuravasini from 8 – 8:15 am to raise awareness,Health Minister sudhakar said.

Also,CM Bommai will be felicitating family members who donated the organs of their loved ones who unfortunately had been declared brain dead, at an event that will be held in Vidhana Soudha.

Additionally, those who were the recipients of the organs will also share their thoughts on the occasion.

CM Bommai will also take an organ donation pledge.I too along with other officials will also take a pledge along with CM Bommai at the event,Minister Sudhakar added.

We call blood donation a great donation.I would like to go one step ahead and say organ donation is the superior most donation.

Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi also has appealed to citizens of India during one of his Mann Ki Baat address.

Karnataka has State Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization (SOTTO) and there is an option to take the pledge online.

Over 11,000 people have already taken the pledge online.Karnataka should become a role model in this.A total of 4354 people have registered for a Kidney transplant in Karnataka.

SImilarly,1141 people have registered for a liver transplant and 91 people have applied for a heart transplant.

The recipient will be decided on the basis of match and further on first come first serve basis within the match,Minister Sudhakar said.

There is a need for 3-4 lakh Kidney donations. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic,the number of donations had gone down.

There were only two two places for organ donation in the entire,one at Bowring and the other at NIMHANS.

The Karnataka government took measures to open one such facility at each medical medical college in Karnataka and currently the number has grown to 18, said Minister Sudhakar.

It is heartening to see so many come forward to pledge themselves for organ donation.Even our beloved Puneeth Rajkumar’s eye donation has helped restore vision to 5 people.

Organs of Actor Sanchari Vijay have helped save 5 people,Minister Sudhakar added.

To hasten the process of donation, harvest, transportation and transplant of organs, an air ambulance facility is being planned and will be available shortly.

In Victoria Hospital’s gastroenterology unit an organ harvest facility has been created with very low expenditure under the Ayushmaan Bharat scheme.

We are also contemplating placing a price cap for organ donation in private hospital to make it more affordable, stated Minister Sudhakar.