To mark the decade of offering cardiac services to people of Goa, Manipal Hospitals has embarked on a drive to encourage organ donation and motivate people to pledge their organs and give a second chance of living to the people in need, says a press note issued here.
The release says that Manipal Hospitals, which is committed to take organ donation drive and organ transplantation service ahead to the levels in the west with small centers of excellence in organ transplantation of heart, lungs, kidneys, liver and pancreas, aims to commit significant resources to develop this programme on a sound scientific basis.
Manish Trivedi, unit head, Manipal Hospitals Goa said, “The act of donation could save up to 8 individuals and has the ability to comfort grieving families. Despite major advances in medical science, organ transplant is the only alternative in certain cases to save life. This probably is the best gift the family of the decease can make to remember their lost one.”
“Heart failure is a serious condition, but still not very well managed in our country. Although the Western countries are quite advanced in managing this subset of patients, the awareness about this in India is far from satisfaction. When device therapy is very expensive for our patients with end stage heart failure, heart transplantation is in its infancy. We need more awareness to improve organ donation in our society. More and more people must come forward for this noble cause as organ donation is still a taboo in our country” quotes Dr Devananda N S, cardiothoracic and vascular surgery, HOD and consultant, Manipal Heart Institute as saying.