Attitude and awareness towards organ donation

In India every year nearly 150,000 people await a kidney transplant but only 5,000 get one and 1,000,000 lakh people suffer from corneal blindness and await transplant whereas 500,000 people die because of non-availability of organs among them 200,000 people die of liver disease and 50,000 people die from heart disease.  So donation of organs after death is a very much important subject to the society and more awareness is necessary to this subject.

You can save up to 8 lives after your death.  There are 8 organs that can be donated: the liver, lungs, heart, kidneys, pancreas and small intestine. Your tissues can also improve the quality of life for many ill people; the tissues that may be donated are skin, corneas, bone tissue including tendons and cartilage, heart valves and blood vessels. The chances of needing an organ donation are much higher than the chances of being able to donate once one die It is much more likely that one will need an organ donation at some point in his life than that he will be able to donate himself; it is only possible to donate an organ if one die in hospital. In most cases this occurs when a person is brain-dead following a cerebral hemorrhage or traffic accident. This means that they are legally dead, but artificial respiration can keep the organs supplied with oxygen-rich blood, allowing them to remain suitable for transplanting. Though in reality, all cases of donation can not be successful due to many technical and social causes.

Aesculapia -2019 is the annual Social fest Kolkata Medical College starting from 1947. With independence, it is now aged 73! Aesculapia promises to be the first Medical Academic Fest of its kind, encompassing all disciplines of Medicine & Surgery while serving not only to educate but to illuminate and inspire. Aesculapia promises to be a pan department endeavour to bring the cutting edge of research and its culture to the horizon of the MBBS Student.

Aesculapia is a three-day medical convention comprising platforms for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate students and will serve as a forum for the participation of doctors nationwide. With this event, we aspire to bring the entire medical fraternity closer and allow inquisitive minds to blossom further. We also are trying to foster the research mind set within the medical students at large, a trend that is proving to find more important as we go forward. It is meant to be solely an academic and educational convention.

The fact that organ donation is so often impossible is what makes it so important that as many people as possible register to become donors. In this point of view, as a part of AESCULPIA-2019 this awareness program on organ donation to the Doctors and Medical students has been held today in new auditorium of Medical College Kolkata. Professor Dr.  Monimoy  Mukhopadhy, Director, IPGMER,  Dr. Tamalkanti  Ghosh, Special Secretary Medical Education & Senior  State Nodal Officer, organ donations, Department of Health & family Welfare Govt. of west Bengal along with Dr. Plaban Mukherjee, HOD, Department of cardio Thoracic surgery, Kolkata Medical College, Prof. Arpita Lahiri, Deptt. Of Nephrology, IPGMER, Dr.  Ramdip Ray, joint director, Liver Transplantation & Gal Surgery, Artemis hospitals, Gurgaon, Dr. Chandrashis Chakraborty, Consultant Critical Care, Apollo Gleneagles Hospital Kolkata and Dr. Saikat Banerjee, Senior Consultant Cardiac Anaesthesia & Critical Care Fortis Hospital, Kolkata have graced the occasion and participated to the program in presence of a mass of Medical students and doctors.  DR. Arindamda Kar, Director & HOD, CMRI Institute of critical Care, CK Birla hospital has been moderated the program.

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