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uch so that, patients themselves began to arrive at the government's portals to seek authorization . In the place of the 300 transplants that were done earlier, only 70-80 are currently considered. Although precautions to check discrepancies are taken, care has been taken not to hassle the patients and to extend maximum help to them.

Poetess, activist and Rajya Sabha member, Ms.Kanimozhi, through her inspiring speech demanded that the family members of the deceased should be made more 'answerable', in case they failed to comply with the wishes of the deceased to donate an organ.

State minister for social welfare Dr. Poongothai observed that the current life style ensured that several grave ailments such as chronic heart disease, chronic kidney disease and diabetes are on an unprecedented rise. There is, therefore, an exponential demand for the organs like never before. The minister pointed out that the organ donors need to be recognized as the 'health ambassadors' for Tamil Nadu, the 'Mecca of medicine'.

Dr. S. S. Barnala stressed upon the life-saving quality of organ donation and called upon voluntary organizations and NGOs to work in harmony in order to promote the same.

During the function Dr. Poongothai and Ms.Kanimozhi pledged their organs and accepted organ donor cards. Dr.Barnala also informed the audience of his pledge for eye donation.

Three publications of MOHAN Foundation were also released during the function. The publications included the 24 th Issue of Indian Transplant Newsletter, Diet for Kidney Failure and Transplantation by Ms.Rajeshwari and a collection of articles on organ donation by Dr.ramakrishnan.

The need of the hour is to create awareness among the general public about the virtues of organ donation in general and cadaver organ donation in particular. Although eye and blood donation awareness has created ri
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