Manipal hospitals has been offering cardiac services to people of Goa since past 10 years. To mark the same, the hospital has embarked on a drive to persuade people to donate their organs and give a lease of life to those in dire need of such organs.
Manipal hospital intends to take organ transplantation service to similar levels as that of the Western nations by opening small centres of excellence in organ transplantation. Furthermore, the hospital wants to pledge more resources in an endeavour to bolster this program based on fool proof scientific basis.
As per Manish Trivedi, unit head, Manipal hospitals, Goa, organ donation can save 8 individuals’ lives. Organ donation is the only alternative left in certain cases and can prove as a life savior.
According to Dr Devananda N S, cardiothoracic and vascular surgery, HOD and consultant, Manipal Heart Institute, heart failure though a serious ailment, unlike western countries, is not well managed in India. Device therapy is quite expensive and heart transplantation is still at grass root levels. People in India need to be made more aware so as to improve the rate of organ donation as this noble cause is still a taboo in India.