ONI Bureau: Union P&NG and SD&E Minister Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurated the Organ Donation Conference organised by Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital and Pravasi Odia Vikash Samiti (POVS) in New Delhi on January 19.
“The RML and Pravasi Odia Vikas Samiti are doing a great job by discussing the realm of Organ Donation and their nitty gritty. Such seminars of preventive treatment should be held on a regular basis,” he said.
RK Vats, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare was the Guest of Honour. He said, “youth of the country are coming forward to donate the organs and such programmes should be held all over the country”.
Dr. Ashok Mahapatra, former Head, Neurosciences at AIIMS, New Delhi talked about the concept of ‘brain death’. Prof. SK Agrawal, Head Nephrology, AIIMS, Dr. Meena Chandra, Dr. Ajay Chaudhary, Dr. Nihar Agrawal, Swapna K Thomas delivered lecture in the program.
Dr. Ashok Mahapatra was conferred with Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the Medical Service for over 4 decades. The P&NG Minister also felicitated 6 cadaver donors of different age group and hailed their efforts.
The event was followed by a Kavi Sammilani specially on organ donation by famous poets from all over the country – Manoj Bhawuk, Manoj Kumar Manoj, Om Tiwari, Dr. Pushpa Singh, Dr. Chanramani Bramhadutt, Surendra Sarthak, Aashi Kumar, Dr. Sagar Borkar.
Prof. SK Tiwari, Director of RML gave the introductory speech to the delegates. Dr. KC Sahoo, President of POVS delivered the welcome address and confirmed that RML and POVS would organise many more sch programs in future.
Prasanna Parida, Secretary of POVS & other office bearers Surya Narayan Mishra, Amiya Nayak, Tapas Ranjan Parida, Kartik Jena, Malay Pradhan, Ajit Mohanty, Biswajeet Barik, Bijaya Nabami Dash, Rajesh Das, Reeta Patra coordinated the program.
One of the main objectives of the Pravasi Odia Vikash Samiti (POVS) is to help the patients who are coming to Delhi for treatment. And, this program is seen as a step forward in that direction.
There was a cultural program in the evening by famous artists of Odisha and other parts of the country.