Tamil Nadu: Sri Ramakrishna Medical Institute in Coimbatore has featured in the Guinness World Record for propagating the cause of organ donation in the country. It has reportedly enrolled 13,206 donors in just 8 hours.
This unique idea was conceptualized by the institute’s authorities around 2 months back. The idea was further popularized by the students of the medical college by visiting other medical colleges in the city to spread awareness for the cause. There were home guards and civil society groups approached for the initiative.
The state of Tamil Nadu is already reported to be ahead in the race when it comes to organ donation; that too in a country which is deprived of people pledging for the cause. India has less than one organ donation for every one million people.
The green corridor concept initiated by the Chennai police for fast transportation of donated organs is now popular among many cities authorities.
Devanand, a third year medical student, who came to sign up to donate his liver on Monday, ended up donating all his organs. “After seeing 13,000 people here I changed my mind,” he told NDTV.
“More than 5 lakh people die every year in India for of lack of organs. So I have decided to save eight lives by donating my organs,” said Lakshmi Bharathi, a science student.
Professor Mohamed Rela, Director, Institute of liver Disease and Transplant Surgery, Global Hospitals, said, “If our donations can becoe even a third of the donations in the west, with a billion-plus population, 10,000 people can donate. That would save at least 70,000 lives a year.”