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Crying Need for Awareness on Organ Donation in India: Sir Peter Morris

Sir Peter Morris an authority in organ transplantation and an eminent personality delivered a guest lecture at Christian Medical College// and Hospital (CMCH) Ludhiana recently.

Speaking at the gathering he observed that need of the hour is to spread information about organ donation in India and how exactly a person could go about pledging his or her organs after death.

He observed that for the doing so, the strength of celebrities, philanthropists, social workers, politicians and the media should be tapped, to endorse organ donation. Media, he said, is very powerful in India and it should be used to spread the message of organ donation to the masses.

Sir Morris a former president of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, International Transplantation Society, the British Transplantation Society, the International Surgical Society and the European Surgical Association, Sir Peter Morris is presently the Director of the Center for Evidence in Transplantation (CET) in London, which is working to provide high quality, evidence-based information on all aspects of solid organ transplantation. He is currently the Director of the Center for Evidence in Transplantation (CET) in London .He is also a Nuffield Professor of Surgery Emeritus at the University of Oxford.

He also congratulated the related donor kidney transplantation program at CMCH, first successful cadaver renal transplantation started in 1992.

Dr Kim Mammen, Professor and Head of the Department of Urology at the CMCH, revealed that in India there were about 3 million patients with end-stage renal disease, requiring renal replacement therapy. However, only 25,000 patients were lucky enough to get access to hemodialysis and only 2,500 of them were even luckier to have a renal transplant done every year. The Transplantation of Human Organs Act was implemented in 1994 and so far, only 500 cadaver transplants have been done in our country. This he said is
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