This is probably one of the best thread for sending out a public message.
Every year in India, many young men and women, unfortunately, die mainly in road traffic accidents, on the same note, many people die for want of a good organ(kidney, heart, liver) after waiting on the transplant list. One of the Noblest Gift we humans can give is the "Gift of life". Each one of us free of certain illness is eligible to donate eyes, kidneys, liver, heart, lungs
We all have grown up initially hearing about eye donation and blood donation, then came kidney donation and now we live a world wherein heart and liver transplants are done successfully in many Indian Hospitals.We have moved one step further wherein we hear about a heart being airlifted to a different city, a liver being transported on road via a green corridor with excellent cooperation between the police, public and the hospitals.
We all should salute and respect the families of the individual who has just donated his or organs to help others live. Even in times of grief and sorrow, the family takes time to listen to doctors and complete the legal formalities to ensure that they're loved on lives on by donating organs.
What is the need for the hour is public awareness and education, it is going on but needs to be strengthened and conducted periodically. We see so many full-page adverts in the papers displaying a model and a product but we never see a transplant waiting list figures (number of people waiting to get a kidney or liver) that come out once a week or twice a week in major newspapers.
Like minded people in the society can contribute more to this awareness drive provided legal and transplant community guidelines are followed with no financial angle added to this.Every major company, hospital, and organization with influential public figures (film industry, police, army, media groups) should have organ donation campaign as part of their program for reaching out to the community.
People in India should be encouraged to enroll for organ donation and like Western countries carry "I'm an organ donor card the size of a credit card.The government machinery should make this and the initial legal process free of cost so that if in the unfortunate event that someone (who has pledged to donate his organs) dies, then precious time is not wasted in completing the formalities to allow the actual surgeries to take place.
The next issue is the controversial issue "Should the donor's family be compensated?". Many argue for and against this. The compensation in my view can be a momento or an Honor certificate or award that can be displayed by the families. If it goes into the aspects of money being paid out then it's gray area wherein bias and greed can creep in. If at all any money is paid, it should be within the legal framework, equal and applicable to all donors irrespective of their caste, creed, socio-economic status. A government rule laid down after discussions among the transplant committee, law-makers and public representatives from both sides would ensure transparency and a wider agreement.
Last but not the least, we the public should get proactive and pledge in more numbers so that the wide gap in the waiting list comes down.