India observes August 13 as the 'Organ Donation Day'. Every year 2,00,000 people in India need a new kidney and 100,000 need a new liver. However, only 2-3% of the demand for new organs is met. Health experts have revealed that only 1% of Indians donate their organs after death while in western nations around 70-80% of the people pledge their organs.
Dr. Ankur Garg, a liver transplant expert at BLK superspecialty hospital, said, "Mostly the causes for lack of organ donation is prevalence of myths and superstitions. There is a need for the country to bring in changes to organ donation laws to alleviate the situation. In the last couple of years there has been almost no improvement in the organ donation situation of India. Things have not changed at all. People are not ready to part with organs of their loved ones even after death." Continue reading