Karachi : Organ Donation Campaign initiated by the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) has gained momentum with an overwhelming response received from cross section of the society pledging to donate their organs after their deaths for life saving purposes for those who fall victim of organ failure.
In view of overwhelming response received from the public the SIUT has extended the activities of the campaign for another week.
Organ Donation Campaign to mobilize the public at large and educate them about the benefits of organ donations was launched by SIUT on Saturday last at a special event which was presided over by the Speaker of the National Assembly Dr. Fehmida Mirza. Dr Mirza also pledged to donate her organs as a part of organ donation drive.
According to figures released by the SIUT, over five hundred people representing cross section of the society have so far pledged to donate their organs by completing the formalities at the Institute as a part of the campaign.
An exhibition highlighting the importance of deceased organ donation and its medical and social impact has also been arranged at the SIUT s premises. A massive turnout was also witnessed at the exhibition when students from local educational institutions and representatives other professional organizations visited.
Some 100,000 organ transplants were carried around the globe in the year 2010 out of which 75,000 pertained to kidney. This included 25 percent of kidney transplant based on deceased donation.
The voluntarily donation of cadaver transplant is being performed in all the leading Muslim Societies while Islamic Ideology Council of Pakistan has also declared the donation as generous act.