On the occasion of National Organ Donation Day, doctors along with 2,000 personnel of the country’s two largest paramilitary forces — BSF and CRPF – on Saturday pledged to donate their organs. 

Union Health Minister JP Nadda said, “The demand for organs is likely to increase manifold in the 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. This year doctors have also come forward to pledge to donate their organs. An oath was taken by doctors of Saroj Super Specialty Hospital to spread awareness about organ donation. Organ donation is the harvesting of an individual’s organs after he or she dies for the purpose of transplanting them into another person. Organs that can be donated for transplantation include kidneys, heart, lungs, liver, small bowel and pancreas. Tissues that can be donated include eyes, heart valves, bone, skin, veins and tendons. Vital organs like heart, liver, kidneys, intestines, lungs and pancreas can be donated only in case of ‘brain death’. Other tissues like corneas, heart valves, skin, bones, etc., can be donated only in case of natural death. Every year around five lakh people die due to the failure of major functioning organs. With a population of over 1.2 billion, statistics show that only 0.08 per million Indians help the organ needy.”

Dr P K Bhardwaj, Medical Director, Saroj super Speciality Hospital, said, "When I die I can save or improve 50 lives. Imagine if you all donate your organs, how many of them will be happy by this small donation. Join hands and save the millions dying for organ requirement and be alive in someone. We all shall take a pledge to donate organs after death.I don’t want my bits to go waste, I hope to live for a ripe old age, otherwise my organs will remain alive saving others lives. 

Dr Bhardwaj said, “I request all the medical college students to come forward for this charity as they know the importance than anyone else. And with this step taken they can then act like leaders and spread the awareness further. I hope many lives will be saved in the coming future. More people die waiting for a transplant as availability and suitability is less.”