Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot virtually inaugurated the country’s first Organ Donor Memorial in Jaipur on Friday on Indian Organ Donation Day. He said that Rajasthan is number one in North India in regard to organ donation, whereas Tamil Nadu is on the first position in South India. In India the rate of organ donation is just 0.8 per 10 lakh population while in Spain it is 35.01, followed by USA with 21.01 and UK with 15.5 per million population. Every year around 2 lakh people require a kidney, around the same numbers require a liver and 50,000 people need a heart for transplantation. “We have to go a long way in organ donation and it cannot be achieved till it takes the form of movement. People have to be made aware about organ donation,” Gehlot said.
The Chief Minister said that it is really difficult to convince and make the family members of patients agree to donate organs of their beloved who is brain dead. The family who agrees and donate organs should be honoured and this memorial is a good effort in this direction.
He said so far 38 people have donated organs that have given life to 133 people. The demand for organs is more but donation is very less, which can be increased only through awareness. All possible efforts are being made in this direction in the State, he added.
The Organ Donor Memorial has also been given the design inspired by Jaipur’s Jantar Mantar. It is built near Central Park, near the traffic signal on Tonk Road with the help of Mohan Foundation Jaipur Citizen Forum (MFJCF), Jaipur Municipal Corporation and Dalmia Cement.
Urban Development and Housing Minister Shanti Dhariwal presiding over the function said that due to social beliefs it is not easy work to encourage people for organ donation, but with the help and efforts of such institutions such noble work is being carried forward.
Health Minister Raghu Sharma said that organ donation and organ transplantation is a revolution in the field of medical sector through which life of people can be saved. A brain dead person can give new life to people by donating cornea, kidneys, liver, heart, pancreas, lungs, heart valve, skin and cartilage.
Jaipur Greater Mayor Saumya Gurjar was present on this occasion.
Dr Sunil Shroff founder of Mohan Foundation, Chennai on this occasion said that this memorial is a great tribute to the organ donors. He said that this memorial will also become a tourist spot in the Pink City and will inspire people to donate organs. He said that Rajasthan is the first state in the country to have an organ donor logo on the driving license to promote organ donation and this logo on license will become a status symbol among youth in coming days.
Rajiv Arora, chairman of MFJCF said that Human Organ Transplant Act was made in 1994 and in Rajasthan organ transplant was started in 2013 with Jaipur Citizen Forum along with Mohan Foundation. MCJCF convener Bhawna Jagwani shared her experience of counselling family members of brain dead Mohit for organ donation and he became the first organ donor of the State. She thanked the medical and ICU staff who play an important role in retrieving organs from the brain dead and in transplantation.
Dalmia Cement Managing Director Mahendra Singhi said that this memorial will keep the contribution of organ donors memorable.