50th Organ Donation in Fortis Healthcare marks 4th FORT-MOHAN Foundation Training on ‘Transplant Coordination’

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New Delhi, April 15, 2017: FORT (Fortis Organ Retrieval and Transplant) in association with MOHAN Foundation organized the Valedictory Function of the 4th Annual FORT-MOHAN Foundation Training Programme on Transplant Coordination at the Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI), Gurugram today. The event was conducted under the aegis of National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization (NOTTO).

The event concluded the five-day training programme on transplant coordination that saw nation-wide participation of 59 delegates from 15 states. These comprised doctors, transplant coordinators, ICU nurses and medical social workers. The participants were presented with certificates issued jointly by NOTTO (National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization), MOHAN Foundation and FORT. The Valedictory function was presided over by Mr Bhavdeep Singh, CEO of Fortis Healthcare and was attended among others by Dr Sunil Shroff, Managing Trustee, Mohan Foundation, Dr Vimal Bhandari, director NOTTO and Mr Deepak Saharan, DCP East, Gurugram.

“Fortis healthcare is committed to the cause of organ donation. Since we started the campaign to increase awareness on organ donation in 2012, 50 individuals have donated organs after brain death in 12 of our hospitals across the country, leading to transplantation of 149 organs. Over 25000 people, including most of the Fortis employees, have already pledged to donate their organs” said Mr Bhavdeep Singh, CEO Fortis Healthcare Limited.

“The training programme conducted over the last five days was aimed at developing skills in the areas of organ and tissue donation, transplantation and grief counseling for health professionals and care providers from across the country” said Dr Vimal Bhandari, Director, National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. 

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“By donating organs after death, each person can affect several lives by way of transplantation of organs such as heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, small intestine, pancreas and tissues such as eyes, skin and bones. Successful organ donation after brain death and the quick transplantation of organs is a very challenging task requiring efficient coordination between doctors, transplant coordinators, medical administrators and police personnel, said Dr Avnish Seth, Director, FORT.

“Gurugram Police is committed to preserving the safety and health of the people by being alert, quick and responsive. Our endeavor is to be truly a people’s police and go beyond the call of duty when required. We are happy that we have been able to give required clearance for organ donation in medico-legal cases and also provide ‘green corridors’ for speedy transportation of the donated organs between hospitals” said Mr Deepak Saharan, DCP East, Gurugram. 

Dr Sunil Shroff, Managing Trustee, MOHAN Foundation said “The organ donation rate in the country has been doubling every year over the last few years and stands at 0.8 per million population in 2016. A lot has been achieved over the last 5 years but we still have a long way to go as a nation.”

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