Ramdas Athawale, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment unveiled programme, in presence of Members of Rotary Club, Organ Donation India Foundation
Nayati Healthcare launched the Nayati Organ Donation (NOD) programme, an initiative to educate and raise awareness around the importance of saving lives, by pledging organs. The programme aims at reaching out to over 1 million people at the grassroot level in a period of two years. Ramdas Athawale, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment unveiled the programme, in presence of Members of Rotary Club and Organ Donation India Foundation.
Athawale speaking in his poetic demeanor, lauded Nayati’s efforts of taking quality healthcare closer to people. He said “I am happy to be part of the Nayati Organ Donation (NOD) programme, I am sure through the initiative, Nayati will reach out to people across different sections of the society, educate and empower them to participate in the noble cause and thus strengthen the nation.”
Talking about the initiative, Niira Radia, Chairperson, Nayati Healthcare said “The Nayati Organ Donation (NOD) programme is an initiative very close to my heart. Every day we witness precious lives being lost for the need of organs, the situation is more acute in this region where people struggle with chronic organ diseases, and most of the times are not even aware of the magnitude of their condition. Nayati Healthcare performed the first kidney transplant in the region. We have been relentlessly working towards making transplant treatment services within the reach of the masses and will soon be launching our heart and lung transplant programme.
India is witness to huge disparity between the number of transplants awaited, and the organs available. In 2017, 4 lakh people pledged, out or which only 13,000 people donated their organs. The condition is no different for blood donation where India faced a shortage of 1.9 million units in 2016-2017. The need of the hour is for us to adopt the ‘opt-out’ scheme, thus raise organ donation rates.”
She further added, “The idea behind the Nayati Organ Donation (NOD) initiative is to bring about a change in the perceptions and foster a culture of organ donation. Each one of can save up to eight lives and that is the best legacy for us to leave behind.
I would like to express my sincere gratitude towards Ramdas Athawale for extending his support to the cause. A simple NOD can go a long way in saving lives.”
Nayati Healthcare plans to connect with over one million people in the next two years through a multilayered approach.