Friday, April 25, 2008

Futile organ donation in Bhopal


In Bhopal, scores of people who have come forward to donate their vital organs find themselves completely disillusioned.

The government has taken little interest in making arrangements to preserve the vital organs and it could be a donation gone waste.

Scores of senior citizens followed the example of first couple to donate their organs and pledged their organs in a special camp. But it may all be a wasted effort.

The city has no facility to preserve organs.

"The sacrifice of the people will prove futile if arrangements are not made to preserve the vital organs. Henceforth, no one will take the initiative in this direction," said SK Saraswat, President, Senior Citizens' Forum, Bhopal.

So far, 137 people have come forward to donate their vital organs. But there is no facility in Bhopal to preserve organs like kidney, liver and skin.

"There is no facility to preserve vital organs as transplantations do not take place here," said Dr MC Songara, Surgeon, Gandhi Medical College.

Concerned about future donations, the senior citizens' forum has written to the centre and the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan but so far there has been no response.

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