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Mohali walks with Fortis to create awareness on Organ Donation

Date : November 27, 2016

On the occasion of Indian Organ Donation Day today, Fortis Hospital Mohali organized a walkathon where Officiating Director of PGIMER Chandigarh Dr (Prof) Subhash Verma walked with over 1000 participants, including about 300 students of Chandigarh University Gharuan, to spread awareness about the need of organ donation. The 3 kilometer long walk started from Fortis Hospital Mohali today morning. The walkathon was also held in Mumbai, Chennai and Delh-NCR to raise awareness across the nation towards organ donation. Along with Dr Verma, Dr TS Mahant (Executive Director – CTVS, Fortis Hospital Mohali) and Dr Mukut Minz (Director – Kidney & Pancreas Transplant, Fortis Hospital Mohali) led the walkathon.

‘Fortis NDTV More to Give walkathon – A Step towards Organ Donation’ was part of the commitment towards the cause of creating awareness around the loss of lives that happen for the want of organs. The objective of the walk was to generate a dialogue about the cause of Organ Donation by taking it to the streets of India where the common man can show their support for the cause. Nationally, as many as 10,000 participants along with leading personalities lent support to the walk & joined the walk. At Mohali, apart from overwhelming participation by Chandigarh University Gharuan, school students and NCC cadets also took part with full gusto.

“One can continue to live in this world even after death by donating body organs to the needs and it’s the only donation which can make you immortal” said Chancellor, Chandigarh University, Satnam Singh Sandhu.

A single donor can save several lives by donating the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, pancreas and small bowel. By donating organs and tissues, a single donor can potentially save and enrich more than 25 persons. Over the last five years, the organ donation rate in the country has increased ten-fold from 0.05 to 0.5 per million and is likely to touch the 1 per million population mark in 2016. We have made a start but have a long way to go.

After an enthusiastic participation, Mr Ashish Bhatia COO – North & East, Fortis Healthcare said, “There is a widening chasm between the demand of organs for people at end stages and their availability. Adding to the complexity is the lack of awareness, simultaneously surrounded by superstitions which present themselves as the key obstacles. Donating organs is a humanitarian cause that will gain momentum with increasing awareness in society. At Fortis, we will continue to contribute as much as we can by educating people and saving more and more lives. This walkathon is a reminder that each one of us has more to give.”

Fortis has pioneered the cause as two of its hospitals run the largest heart transplant programmes in the country. Fortis Hospital in Malar, Chennai performed 122 heart transplants, which is the maximum for any healthcare provider in Asia. Fortis Hospital, Mulund in Mumbai performed a record 35 heart transplants in a span of little over a year. The total number of heart donations is 17 with Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI), Gurgaon, leading with 5. The total number of eye donations has been 110 units with FMRI, Gurgaon leading at 36 donations. The total number of kidney donations is 76, with maximum donations taking place at Fortis Mulund, Mumbai. Fortis Mulund also recorded the highest liver donations with 14 as amongst the total liver donations across all Fortis hospitals are 33. Fortis Mohali, Punjab recorded the only pancreatic donation and Fortis, Malar, Tamil Nadu recorded the only lung donation.

Dr Mukut Minz, Director, Kindey & Pancreas Transplant, Fortis Hospital Mohali, shared that, “Awareness on organ donation in the country is on the rise, albeit slowly. Even though illiteracy and strong religious beliefs are often thought to be responsible, the main reason is lack of awareness. It is important for all of us to speak for organ donation and show commitment to the cause. Several myths associated with organ donation can only be dispelled with more awareness about organ donation.”

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