Click Manchester | Anna Wright
Shobna Gulati, Corrie's Sunita Alahan, has joined other North West celebrities to lend her backing to a new NHS campaign.
The campaign has been launched by NHS Blood and Transplant to urge more people from Greater Manchester's Black and Asian communities to join the Organ Donor Register.
Currently 26% of patients awaiting organ transplants in Greater Manchester are from Black and Asian communities, yet these communities account for less than 2% of people who have signed the Register.
Jane Monks, Specialist Nurse for Organ Donation at NHSBT, said: “It is vital that more Black and Asian people join the NHS Organ Donor Register. The message is quite simple – more Black and Asian patients will have the opportunity to receive a life-saving transplant if more people from those communities join the Register.
“Transplants can be carried out between people from different ethnic groups, but an organ is more likely to be a close match, and as a result a transplant is much more likely to be successful, if the donor and recipient have the same ethnic origin. Becoming an organ donor means that you could help save or enhance up to nine lives.”
In support of the campaign, Gulati said: “I used to think that organ donation was a difficult decision to make but then I realised you can leave a tangible legacy, and it's actually really straightforward. For our communities, putting your name on that Register could make a real difference. Just do it and encourage your family and friends too - we can all help save lives."
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