Organ Donation Drive – Creating Awareness !
D.Y Patil Hospital with a 16 bedded dialysis unit, well equipped ICU, operation theatres and other necessary infrastructure makes it one of the best for carrying out organ transplantation procedures . The Hospital is licensed and has a team of experts to carry out these procedures. We have successfully done seven kidney transplants so far. The students initiated an organ donation drive in Dec 2019. The Department of Allied Health Sciences, School of Medicine in association with NGO, DOST Mumbai, celebrated the Organ Donation Day on 13th August 2019. Various Competitions were organized to give students an opportunity to think about organ donation and show their talent. There are 8 patients waitlisted for kidney transplantation and many patients are undergoing evaluation for liver transplantation. Unfortunately due to lack of awareness the rate of organ donation is low in India. Organ donation is the need of the hour. Dr Kailash Jawade, Professor of Surgery and a transplant surgeon has been working for organ donation awareness for the past several years through a NGO, DOST (Dhanwantari’s Organization for Socio-health Transformation). D Y Patil in collaboration with DOST Mumbai started working for creating awareness about organ donation through
“ GIFT A LIFE ” movement initiated in 2016.
Organ donation sensitization programme for students
Every year the department of Allied Health Sciences organizes an orientation programme on organ donation. Students of BPA take the lead to organize and conduct this programme. Dr Kailash Jawade and Dr Rahul Peddawad ( CEO DY Patil Hospital ) spoke about different aspects of transplantation and used movie screening as a tool for creating awareness.
Participation in Pandharpur Vari
Since 2015 Dr Kailash Jawade has participated in Pandharpur Vari to create awareness about organ donation. He has started AVAYAVDAN AND AROGYASEVA DINDI since 2017. Team of students from Allied Health Sciences also participate in this activity. Awareness is created through various methods like distribution of brochures, street plays on organ donation, group discussions, Bharud presentation etc. Students also participate in health care activities of Vaishnav Seva Trust Dispensary. They help to give medicines, administer injections, do dressings and also do charan seva by doing leg massage with special oil. Students not only get to be a part of different experiences but also learn a new way of living during Pandharpur Vari.