MOHAN Foundation talks about Organ Donation at VNIT Nagpur

Updated on Saturday, December 15, 2018
  • MOHAN Foundation was invited by the Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT) South Ambazari Road, Nagpur on 14th December 2018 to conduct an awareness programme for its students. Mr. Bulu Behera, Transplant Coordinator from MOHAN Foundation delivered a talk that covered topics relating to organ, tissue and body donations.

    He began his talk by mentioning how mankind is gifted with the ability to save lives both when alive and after death and despite this there is scarcity of organs in the country. The nation has made significant progress at many levels, nevertheless there is a shortage of blood in blood banks, not enough corneas are available in the eye banks and there is also huge requirement for life saving organs such as kidneys, liver and heart. He stated that organs could be donated by living donors, but what is more relevant is that several organs and tissues could be donated after brain death. He explained the concept of brain death and how a brain dead person can help save lives of about 8 people by donating organs and tissues. He told the audience that Nagpur city is fortunate to have a skin bank. He emphasized the fact that eyes and skin can be donated after natural death as well as brain death. He explained in detail the following:

    • Types of organ donation and who can be a donor.
    • Organ donation scenario in India:  requirement vs. donation rates
    • Myths surrounding organ donation which should be a matter of the past
    • Difference between natural death and brain death
    • Age not being a constraint in organ donation
    • Importance of a donor card
    • Registration option available on MOHAN Foundation website to pledge organs
    • Using MOHAN Foundation website and helpline number

    Few questions asked by the participants

    • Whom to contact for organ donation after brain death?
    • What is the difference between coma and brain death?
    • Whom to contact for eye donation?

    All the questions were answered and most of the participants picked up pamphlets and consent forms which would later be submitted by the office bearers to MOHAN Foundation. 5 participants collected donor cards from the 40 students that were present. At the end of the session they expressed their interest by saying that they would like to engage more with MOHAN Foundation.

    Source-Bulu Behera
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