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World Organ Day: Govt stepping up to make organ donation national movement

SNS | New Delhi |

Union Health Minister JP Nadda pledged to donate his organs at an event in New Delhi on the occasion of ‘World Organs Day’ on Sunday.
“Let organ donation become a national movement and show to the world that even in death we care for our fellow citizens and humanity at large,” Nadda said at the event.
The ratio of the current organ donation and transportation rate is highly disproportionate to its requirement in India. Around 1.5 lakh brain deaths occur in the country every year and organs from them can be used for saving many lives. The health minister said it is a matter of ‘concern’ and the government is framing ‘rules, regulations and protocols’ for facilitating organ donation.
The government is also taking decisive steps for harvesting cadaver organs and tissues and saving many lives, he added.
The Health Ministry is implementing the National Organ Transplant Programme with a view to promote organ donation from deceased persons and thereby increase the availability of organs for transplantation. 
A large number of activities have already commenced as a part of the programme. State governments have been sensitised about the need to have systems in place to improve awareness regarding organ donation, adding that training programmes have been organised and these shall be stepped up.
Thousands of doctors, nurses, officers and other paramedical staff members of Central Government Hospitals were present at the event. A walkathon was organised at the India gate on Sunday morning in a bid to increase awareness and promote organ donation.