'Need to Tell People Importance of Organ Donation'
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18 June 2010
“India has been ranked the second country in the world, after the USA, where kidney and other organ transplants are being done primarily from living people. We need to take steps to educate people on the importance of donating their organs so that others can get a new life,” said Dr Arjinder Bains of Renal Transplant Surgeon, Fortis hospital. He was speaking on ‘Chronic Renal Failure and Renal Transplant’ at a continued medical education (CME) at the IMA House here. Dr V K Khosla, Director, Neurosurgery, Fortis hospital, Mohali, spoke on ‘Management of Brain Hemorrhage’. Over 150 doctors from the tricity attended the CME.
Giving details of the latest study published in Kidney International, Dr Bains said, “Even 16 years after India passed the Transplantation of Human Organs Act, allowing organ retrieval from brain–dead patients, kidney donations by live donors remain very much in vogue. Partly because of this, India is at the 40th position in the study of 69 countries in terms of number of transplants per million population, with only three in a million getting the kidney in case of a renal failure.”
Talking about kidney failure, Dr Bains said, "This cannot be treated with conventional medical treatment but requires dialysis or kidney transplantation. Of these, kidney transplantation is much better option. Although it is not a complete cure, many people who receive a kidney transplant are able to live much as they did before their kidneys failed. They need to take medication and be monitored by a physician who specialises in kidney disease (nephrologist) for the rest of their lives
Speaking on ‘Management of Brain Hemorrhage’ Dr V K Khosla said, "Despite all medical advances, the diagnosis and management of brain hemorrhage remains a challenging job. Brain hemorrhage/ hemorrhagic stroke is something which comes as a bolt from the blue. At one point of time the patient is fine and the very next moment he experiences a sudden severe headache with or without loss of consciousness. This sudden severe headache is a hallmark and strongly indicates towards brain hemorrhage. Besides this, patient may have epileptic fits, focal paralysis, speech difficulties etc," he added.