Delhi: At AIIMS, scan QR code to pledge your organs

Astha Saxena
Union ministers Dr Vardhan and Rijiju at Friday’s event

To spread awareness about organ donation and meet the huge gap in demand and supply, AIIMS has developed a QR code that is on display in waiting areas and wards to make it easier for people to pledge their organs.

“By pledging, the person is not forced to donate organs. But when a person pledges, he talks about it to his family. This way, the family knows about organ donation and at the time of death, they can take a decision easily... We have put the QR code in every waiting area, taking the movement in campaign mode,” Dr Aarti Vij, professor and in-charge of Organ Retrieval Banking Organisation (ORBO) at AIIMS, told The Indian Express.

According to AIIMS data, in India, around 1.5-2 lakh patients require kidney transplant annually, but only 7,500-8,000 receive it. Around 75,000-80,000 patients require liver transplants annually but only around 1,800 such surgeries are performed.

ORBO has already started a single-window approach to facilitate organ donation, tissue donation and whole body donation along with brain death donor registry.

On Wednesday, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan also felicitated families of organ donors at a function organised on the campus. Families of 38 multi-organ donors, five donors who pledged to give up their bodies for medical education and eight tissue donors were felicitated.

“One donor can save the life of 7-8 patients and enhance the quality of life of 40-50 patients. We need to motivate individuals, families and organisations to pledge to donate organs after death, and to spread awareness about importance of organ donation,” said Dr Vardhan.

Expressing concern over the huge gap between the demand and supply of organs, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju underlined the importance of creating awareness about the issue.