The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) often echoes the sentiment of being the flag bearers of change in the city. To bring to life this outlook and to observe the occasion of the upcoming World Heart Day, over 100 workers of the G-North Ward of the BMC took part in an initiative to gain insight on the process and importance of Organ Donation. Dr Ramesh Rao, Consultant Nephrologist at S. L Raheja Hospital – A Fortis Associate along with his medical team hosted the session for the BMCworkers to create awareness and deliver the key message ofhow Organ Donation brings about change in society, helping save and enrich previous lives. The event was graced by Mr. Ramakant Biradar, Ward Officer, BMCs G-North Ward, who attended the session with his teams in full force and Dr Bipin Chevale, Zonal Director, S. L Raheja Hospital – A Fortis Associate.
The event focused on how there is a need for more potential donors to come forward and pledge their organs, which will benefit patient with end-stage organ failure, thereby saving and enriching their lives. Based on the guidelines issued by the Zonal Transplant Coordination Center (ZTCC), the BMC staff were also made aware of the formalities to be adhered to and the terms and conditions to be kept in mind while pledging.
Speaking about the initiative, Dr Ramesh Rao, Consultant Nephrologist, S. L Raheja Hospital – A Fortis Associate,said, “Every year, approximately over 2lakh people in the country need a Kidney and replacement therapy alone, due to Chronic Kidney Diseases; the waitlist is similar for Liver and Heart. The lacuna exists because there is lack of awareness about Organ Donation among the common public, which creates a roadblock in providing critical care to waitlisted patients.Proper diagnosis of brain death and timely intervention can help save many lives. The aim of this talk was to enable these administrators, highlightthe importance of giving consent without delay, and to help advocate the cause that will build a healthier nation”.
Mr. Ramakant Biradar, Ward Officer for BMC G North Ward said, “We are pleased to be part of this initiative and thank the hospital for inculcating a sense of responsibility amongst the staff. Organ donation is the need of the hour and we extend our hand in providing the measurements and approach and will like to set an example among the general public to take up this cause. We look forward to being part of similar activities in the future”.