Mumbai: Wockhardt Hospital, Mumbai central & Ghatkopar Medical Association (GMA) has organised Walkathon on Sunday, 30th April 2017 to make awareness about organ donation drive. 3 kilometer walkathon will start at 6.30 am from 90 feet Road, Ghatkopar (east) and expected more than 1000 doctors will participate from all Mumbai, Navi Mumbai & Thane. This Walkathon will motivate people to pledge organ donation and also let their friends and family know about their choice as no donation will happen unless the next of kin gives the go ahead.
Elaborating on the challenges of organ donation Dr. Parag Rindhani, Central Head Wockhardt Hospital, Mumbai central said, “We are happy to unite with Ghatkopar Medical Association and participating Nobel cause which will save many lives in future. Organ donation is an honourable thing and we must all do our effort to promote in public places. Organ donation drive requires involvement of the civil society, religious leaders and other stakeholders in creating awareness. A brain-dead person can donate liver, kidneys; cornea, pancreas, heart, skin and bone marrow which will help minimum 6 in need people.”
Ghatkopar Medical Association (GMA) has conducted many such events in the past to make awareness about organ donation.
Every year, more than 5 lakh Indians lose their lives waiting for organs. With less than 500 Cadaveric donations (from a deceased donor) taking place last year, India has an Organ Donation rate of 0.5 person/ million individuals, one of the lowest in the world. In a nation of over a billion people, there’s not even 1 donor in a million.