three-day symposium on organ donation was held at INHS Asvini,
Mumbai. The symposium was inaugurated by Vice Admiral Arun Prakash, Flag
Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command.
In his welcome address, Surg Rear Admiral VK Singh,
Commanding Officer, INHS Asvini emphasised that there is a need to
create awareness about "brain stem death and organ donation". He
said that the brain stem death has been accepted all over the world and
the Indian Government has legalised it with promulgation of Human Organs
Transplantation Act in 1994.
The Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief unveiled the donor
card and Surg Rear Admiral P Sivadas, Command Medical Officer,
Headquarters, Western Naval Command released a booklet on organ donation.
Prof Vidya Acharya, in her key-note address, stressed that the organ
donation after death is the need of the day.
A number of service medical officers and civil doctors
participated in the symposium. A surgical workshop held as part of the
symposium highlighted the importance of laparoscopic kidney removal
Surg Vice Admiral S Malhotra, Director General Medical
Service (Navy), Dr V Jha and Dr A Almida also took part in the symposium.
- Cdr AK Lambhate