On August 12, 2021, MOHAN Foundation was invited to conduct an awareness session on organ donation as part of the CME for the nurses and doctors at Aakash Healthcare Super Speciality Hospital (AHSSH), Dwarka, New Delhi. To commemorate Organ Donation Day, the session was organized through an initiative by Dr. Meinal Chaudhry, Director-Radio diagnosis & Chief - Strategy, Branding, Digital Marketing and Corporate Communications, AHSSH. Ms. Pallavi Kumar, Executive Director, MOHAN Foundation-Delhi NCR was the speaker. She was accompanied by Ms. Preeti Goswami, Programme Officer, MOHAN Foundation-Delhi NCR. The CME was attended by the nurses and doctors from various departments at AHSSH such as Neurology, Nephrology, Urology, Kidney Transplant, Cardiology, Radiology, Paediatrics & Neonatology.
Aakash Healthcare Super Speciality Hospital is a 230 bedded tertiary care facility, with 15 Dialysis, and 70 Critical care beds for treating the most complex cases in the National Capital Region (NCR) of Delhi, Dwarka. AHSSH is known for its leading care in Orthopaedic and Joint replacement surgery. To complement high-quality and comprehensive services, Aakash has several ‘Centres of Excellence’; namely Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, Ophthalmology & Refractive Error Surgery, Neurology & Neuro Surgery and Renal Sciences.
The CME began with a welcome address by Dr. Kousar A Shah, Group Chief Operating Officer, AHSSH. He spoke about the deceased organ donation programme in AHSSH. He informed the audience about MOHAN Foundation’s role & efforts to augment organ donation in India. He then introduced Ms. Pallavi Kumar.
Dr. Vikas Aggarwal-Director & HOD-Urology, Uro Oncology and Kidney Transplant, AHSSH shared the success story of the first deceased donor kidney transplant that was performed at AHSSH in March 2021. Kidneys, Liver & corneas were harvested from a 57 years old woman who was declared brain dead at AHSSH. One kidney was transplanted to a kidney patient at AHSSH and another kidney and liver were transported to two different hospitals in Delhi NCR.
This was followed by a talk on concepts of organ donation by Ms. Pallavi Kumar. She explained the need for organ donation and how, when and what of organ donation and brain death. She spoke on the national and international statistics, government policies, hospital protocols, transplant law and system of organ allocation. She elaborated on how to help clear the doubts in people’s minds regarding the organ donation. She also explained the process of registration for organ failure patients on the government waiting lists and how to pledge for organ donation.
Before starting the discussion on brain death, Ms. Pallavi posed this question to the audience that how many amongst them think that brain dead person is alive so as to get clarity on the participants understanding of brain death. A short movie on brain death was then shown to the audience. After the movie, there was a vibrant discussion on brain death certification, family discussion, the role of transplant coordinators and treating physicians in organ donation process, organ allocation, transplantation for poor patients & how to initiate deceased donation programme in hospitals.
Dr. Meinal gave a vote of thanks. She said the session was very informative. She expressed her wish to collaborate with MOHAN Foundation for many more awareness talks and CMEs in future.
Close to 25 doctors & 10 nurses attended the CME.