NSS GOMCO Patiala organizes seminar on Blood,Eye,Organ Donation
Jasbir kapoor/ royalpatiala.in/ Patiala
The NSS (National Service Scheme) Unit of Government Medical College Patiala organized a seminar and rally to create awareness in medical students and general public about blood, eye and organ donation with involvement of more than 200 medical undergraduates.
Dr Gursatinder Singh Professor and Head, department of Ophthalmology in Rajindra Hospital speaking during in the seminar said there are multiple causes of corneal damage leading to blindness but corneal transplantation by eye donation to treat blindness is a very success procedure world over. Presently more than 12 million Indians are suffering from corneal blindness but only 45,000 to 50,000 corneas are available in the country with efforts of nationalized eye banks of both government and non-government sector and to bridge this gap of demand and supply, intensive education and motivation among the general public for eye donation is required.
Programme Officer-cum- Chief coordinator of the event Dr DS Bhullar said, to ensure maximum corneal transplantation for eradication of blindness in the country, eyes should be declared as the national property by law to make it mandatory that every healthy cornea is used to give light of the day to the needy people and at the same people should be educated to shun myths about eye donation like in our neighboring country Sri Lanka which has the world record of maximum eye donation.
Co-programme Officer Dr Simmi Bhatnagar, speaking about the importance of blood donation which can save many lives, urged the medical students to actively participate in social activities like blood donation which is the real noble cause. The programme ended with awareness rally lead by student leaders in the college campus.