Although there have been advances in medical technology and donation, the demand for organ donation still vastly exceeds the number of donors. "India has not been able to meet organs demand for patients despite having good medical infrastructure, programs, and legal framework," said B.P. Sharma, Health Secretary, on Friday.
Inaugurating a day-long conference for sensitizing officials of the state government and other stakeholders on National Organ Transplant Program (NOTP), Sharma said, "There was a huge gap between demand and supply of organs. We have good medical infrastructure, legal framework, programs and professionals, still we have not been able to meet the demand of organs for patients. We need to understand the challenges and work on them in a positive manner. Awareness among people is needed to encourage them to donate organs. This requires involvement of the civil society, leaders and other stakeholders. There was an immediate need to understand that organ donation is a pious thing and one should promote it. Patients should be provided affordable and accessible organ transplant."
Jagdish Prasad, director general of health services, said, "Lack of awareness was the cause behind less number of donors. The Indian Medical Association and other stakeholders should be involved to aware people to donate organs."
The conference was organized to mark the National Organ Donation day.