Donating organs is akin to gifting a new life: J P Nadda

Stressing on the need to make the organ donation a social movement, the union health minister, Mr J P Nadda praised the Border Security Force which handed over 1500 certificates pledging to donate organs

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The DG, Border Security Force (BSF), Mr K K Sharma handing over the 1500 certificates to the Union Minister for Health, Mr J P Nadda, pledging to donate their organs, at a function organised by the BSF in collaboration with National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization (NOTTO), in New Delhi on August 13, 2016.

New Delhi: At a function organised in collaboration with National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization (NOTTO), the Border Security Force (BSF) handed over 1500 certificates with a pledge to donate their organs to Mr J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare.

Speaking on this occasion, Mr J P Nadda stated that this is a great initiative by BSF and will go a long way in spreading awareness about Organ Donation. “Donating organs is akin to gifting a new life. Organ is a National Resource and not even one should be wasted. I, therefore, call upon all Indians to Pledge to Donate Organs after Death and save many precious lives. Let organ donation become a national movement and show to the world that even in death; we care for our fellow citizens and the humanity at large,” mentioned Mr Nadda.

The Health Minister further said that the benefits of initiatives should reach out to every nook and corner of the country and should not be limited to cities only. He further added that the demand for organs is likely to increase manifold in future keeping in view the increased incidence of lifestyle diseases. So, there is a need to create a system for improving the rate of safe, effective and ethical donation of cadaver organs for transplantation in those who need them badly.

Government is also taking various steps to simplify organ donor law/rules and procedures such as Website of National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO) provides updated information and online facility for registering pledges for organ donation. A 24×7 call centre with toll free helpline number (1800114770). The Ministry has also launched a National Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplant Registry. The networking of transplant and/or retrieval hospitals has been started initially in Delhi and NCR. Five regional level organizations called Regional Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization (ROTTO) have also been identified.