India now ranks third in the world in terms of organ donation and transplantation, with the total number of organ transplants performed in the country increasing to 12,746 in 2019, according to Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Mansukh Mandaviya.
“It makes me immensely proud to share that the total number of organ transplants done per year in the country has increased from 4,990 in the year 2013 to 12,746 in the year 2019, and India now ranks third in the world only behind the United States and China, as per the data available on the Global Observatory on Donation and Transplantation (GODT) website,” Dr.Mandaviya said, quoting a report by the Global Observatory on Donation and Transplantation (GODT).
“The organ donation rate has climbed to almost four times as compared to 2012-13,” he remarked at the 12th Indian Organ Donation Day in the presence of Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Bharati Pravin Pawar. However, there is still a significant disparity between the number of patients in need of transplantation and the number of people willing to donate their organs after death.”
Furthermore, the Covid-19 pandemic has had a severe influence on organ donation and transplantation, which we expect to overcome shortly,” he added.
“Our culture puts stress on ‘Shubh’ and ‘Laabh’, where individual well-being is linked with the greater benefit of the community,” he stated, linking organ donation to Indian traditions. People who have committed ‘Angdaan’ will soon be viewed with the same respect accorded to those who give away hard-earned wealth to charity.” Society is rapidly changing, and with the sanctity and preciousness of each and every life becoming visible to all, people who have committed ‘Angdaan’ will soon be viewed with the same respect accorded to those who give away hard-earned wealth to charity.“
Every year since 2010, Indian Organ Donation Day has been observed to honour the contributions of dead donors and their families to society. At the ceremony, Maharashtra’s State Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization (SOTTO) got the prize for the deadest donor transplants, while the Western Region’s Regional Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization (ROTTO) was recognized for best performance.