Fortis Hospital CG Road organized ‘Walkathon’ to promote Organ Donation

Bangalore, October 16, 2017: Fortis Hospital, Cunningham Road in partnership with Sophia High School, Palace Roadorganized a walkathon here today. More than 500 students participated in the walkathon with an aim to support the noble cause of organ donation. The walk was flagged off at 6:30 AM from Sofia School and the group returned to the starting point covering a distance of 3 Km. The students raised few slogans en route to create the awareness about organ donation.

to raise awareness among the people to feel the need oforgan donation. With the enthusiastic support by the students to the cause, itwill beneficial for us to deliver our message on organ donation effectively. Wehave made a start but still have a long way to go.” 

As per an independent research report, there is a poor Organ DonationRate – 0.26 per million in India. With a 1 per million-donation rate, Indiawould have 1,100 organ donors or 2,200 kidneys, 1,000 hearts, 1,100 Livers,1,100 Pancreas and 2,200 Eyes. This should take care of almost all currentdemands for organs. There is a need of roughly 200,000 kidneys, 50,000 heartsand 50,000 livers for transplantation each year. There is a lack of awarenessamong people with regards to deceased organ donation, the concept of braindeath and the process of organ transplantation. 

A single donor can save eight lives by donating theheart, lungs, liver, kidneys, pancreas and small bowel. Also, by donatingorgans and tissues like eyes, skin, bones etc., a single donor can touchseveral lives. Over the last five years, the organ donation rate in the countryhas increased ten-fold from 0.05 to 0.5 per million and is likely to touch the1 per million population mark in 2016.

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