Mangaluru : A Mime Show by the National Service Scheme (NSS) students of Govindadasa College-Surathkal performed at the City Centre Mall on Sunday, 27 September evening brought awareness among the crowd that had gathered in large numbers about the purpose of donating organs, to human beings in need. This Mime Show was part of the “Jeevanvileena” – a Organ Donation Campaign which was launched by AJ Shetty Hospital and Research Centre on 20 September 2015, in association with Mohan Foundation-Chennai (a non-profit organization that coordinates organ donation and transplantation activities in India), and N.S.S. Units of all colleges under Mangalore University.
The chief guest for the occasion was Vineetha Rai-NSS Program coordinator, while Dr Prashanth Marla-Medical Director, AJ Shetty Hospital and Research Centre also presided over the event. Businessman Panduranga Kamath, who had composed a poem pertaining to Organ Donation, recited it to the public at the occasion, which received a loud applaud. Dr Prashanth Marla addressing the gathering said, “The campaign ‘Jeevanvileena’ was launched with the intention to bring awareness among the people about organ donation when a person is brain dead. This campaign is also to bring awareness among people to maintain safety standards while driving/riding on roads, because quite a few brain dead cases occur due to road accidents, when people drive rash or ride two-wheelers without wearing helmets. We are happy until now there has been a good response to this campaign”.
Consulting Nephrologist at AJ Hospital-Dr Raghavendra Nayak, briefing about Organ Donation campaign said, “Organ donation is the donation of biological tissue or an organ of the human body from a living or dead person to a living recipient in need of a transplantation.Transplantable organs and tissues are removed in a surgical procedure following a determination, based on the donor’s medical and social history, of which are suitable for transplantation. There is a difference between a living donor and a brain dead donor-when a kidney from a living person is donated, one saves one person’s life, but when organs from dead brain person is donated, it saves many lives. Since a brain dead person can’t come back to life, it is advisable that people enroll for organ donation and save lives. I commend this initiative idea by Dr Prashanth Marla in launching “Jeevanvileena” organ donation campaign which will serve for a good cause”.
Prior to the mime show, a flash dance was performed by the Sizzling Guys Dance Studio members, which got a thunderous applaud from the crowd which had gathered on the lower levels, and also all the floors above at the Mall. The programme was compered by Sashidar-Assistant Manager-HR Dept, AJ Hospital, and the vote of thanks was proposed by Ganesh Rai- HR Executive at AJ Hospital.
The campaign which will last til 10 October comprised of mime shows, street plays, interaction by NSS students, Interview of doctors, panel discussion and article publication- on 7/10/2015, Wednesday at 9.30 am – an awareness rally from City Corporation Lalbagh via Bejai to A J Hospital is planned; and on 10/10/2015, Saturday, 10.30 am to 12.30 pm-Valedictory ceremony at the Auditorium,of A J Institute of Medical Sciences will take place.
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