IMA to promote eye, organ donation
To promote eye and organ donation in India, the Indian Medical Association (IMA), an NGO of allopathic doctors, has decided to launch a campaign at its branch and state levels. The campaign will be launched throughout the country under the banner “Puchna Mat Bhulo” to promote “mandatory required request”. It has urged all its members to request relatives or legal heirs in cases of routine death for donation of eyes (in case of death) and organs (in case of brain death).

As per the Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues Rules, 2014, any doctor in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in a situation of brain stem death, in consultation with transplant coordinator (if available), shall ascertain from the next of kin or the legal heir of the body whether the dead person, while he was alive, had authorised for donation of his or her organs either by filling form 5 or in driving license. If yes, the doctor is duty bound to request the next of the kin or the legal heir to submit the aforesaid authorisation and sign the declaration/authorisation....