India Needs 4 Lakh Organ Transplants Every Year: Expert
Attawar called for wide awareness about the overwhelming importance of organ donation after terminal brain-death.
Around 350 medical experts with diverse specializations drawn from across the country and abroad delivered some thought-provoking pointers during the inaugural programme of the conference.
The essence of the conference was themed around the critical medical fields of heart, lung transplantation and mechanical circulatory support with thrust on the path-breaking advancements that have been made in the recent past.
The enlightening programme was of equal importance to practitioners not only from India but also from abroad.
Speakers eulogised the remarkable advancements that are coming in handy while handling the alarming rise in cases pertaining to heart failure and end-stage lung disease.
They dwelt deep into how the conference can help physicians and the thoracic transplant community to go about qualitative clinical care and save thousands of precious lives.
Attawar covered various aspects of the impact of COVID-19 on thoracic transplantation and its sustenance.
“Those initial days of the pandemic were difficult to fathom. The hitherto unheard of pathology was so extreme in nature and rapacity that it made a life-saving double-lung transplant commonplace. Adding to the problem is that despite the best efforts of the medical fraternity, the country is beset with a low percentage when it comes to organ donations,” he said.
“Today, three years down the line, I take pride in stating that we, as a fraternity, have endured and moved forward with remarkable finesse. We’ve gained much in understanding end-stage heart and lung disease, demonstrating greater resilience in using life-saving extra-corporeal bridging strategies and an increased focus on community wellbeing,” he added.
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