Experts stresses need for organ donation

KARACHI: Around 150,000 patients die in Pakistan each year of organ failure and majority of those patients can be saved if organs are made available for transplantation.

This was stated by experts in a pre-11th-CRITICON Critical Care Medicine Congress’ workshop on ‘Deceased organ donor for transplantation’ organized by Centre for Organ Donation at Agha Hasan Abedi Auditorium, Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) on Tuesday.

Dr Anwar Naqvi welcoming the guests highlighted the importance of deceased organ donor for transplantation which will provide an insight to the participants to learn and practice different aspects of the deceased organ donor program. He said that such workshops should be organized on regular basis to boost up the message to become an organ donor and save many precious lives in the country.

Dr Naqvi informed that at SIUT, “We have a dedicated Centre for organ donation for this purpose with a UAN: ( 021-111 HAYATI ) 021 111 429 284.”

During the congress, the importance of deceased organ donation that is a program and its effectiveness was discussed at length. The experts said it is responsibility to create awareness on every step to save precious lives waiting for deceased organ donation. They said around 150,000 patients die in Pakistan each year of organ failure.

Majority of these patients can be saved if organs are made available for transplantation. They said allover the world countries had established a deceased donor program like Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Indonesia, Egypt, and Bangladesh among others.

The experts highlighted that anyone at any age can become an organ donor, the first step is to make a will and fill a donor card and make this will known to the family. They informed that ideally a person needs to be in an ICU on a ventilator and after being declared brain dead. Their organs may be saved and transplanted to save the lives of several people.

They said organs that can be donated include kidneys, liver, heart, lungs, pancreas and intestine. The tissues that may be donated include corneas, skin and bone marrow etc.

The workshop presentations were delivered by Dr Manzoor Hussain, Dr Ejaz Ahmed, Dr Abdaal Wasim Khan, Dr Haider Mehdi, Dr Abbas Tasneem, Dr Mudassir Laeeq and Dr Qamar Abbas.

Dr Sajid Sultan moderated a panel discussion with Dr Akhtar Waheed, Dr Tipu Sultan, Dr Saadqa Aftab, Dr Khairat Raza, Dr GM Shaikh, and Dr Wasim Khan. Dr Hina Abbasi gave the vote of thanks.

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