There is a critical shortage of organs and the gap between organs donated and people waiting for transplant is increasing. Every year around five lakh people die waiting for an organ.
Here are some gruelling facts that convey the reasons why India needs to donate organs more:
- Around 1,00,000 people die of liver diseases. Only 1000 get a liver transplant.
- More than 2,20,000 people await kidney transplants but only 15,000 get one.
- 10 lakh people await a corneal transplant.
- 50,000 people need a heart transplant.
- 20,000 people await a lung transplant.
- Only around 0.34 persons per million of population donate organs in India’s population in a year.
- Deceased donation transplantation is now responsible for almost 40% of the liver transplants done in the country and over 15% of kidney transplants.
- At any given time, there are 8-10 brain-dead potential donors in ICUs of any major city.
- When a trained counsellor talks to the relatives of a brain dead patient and explains the possibility of organ donation, almost 65% will agree to donate.
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