GUWAHATI, Aug 5 - Organothon, a special event to create awareness among people about the noble cause of deceased organ donation, was organised today by Zublee Foundation, a leading NGO working in the field.
Deceased organ donation is the process of giving an organ or a part of an organ at the time of the donor�s death for the purpose of transplantation to a needy person.
Zublee Foundation has been doing pioneering work in creating awareness among the people of Assam and the North East about deceased organ donation since 2013. The NGO is an initiative by popular singer and composer Zublee Baruah.
The second edition of the Organothon run was flagged off by Dr Vimal Bhandari, Director, National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO), at 6.30 am from the Gitanagar High School field. NOTTO is a national-level organisation set up under the Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.
The run witnessed a total of 1,000 participants who hailed from Assam as well as different States of the North Eastern Region. The event was supported by The Assam Tribune.
�With regard to some recent policy decisions over the issue of deceased organ donation at the government level, our foundation has been working over the issue for the past five years. NOTTO has honoured us with the fourth most influential NGO working in the field of awareness on organ donation,� said Amitabh Gohain, founder director of the foundation.
Interested persons can either directly approach the Zublee Foundation at Rajgarh here for enrolment or register online on its website.
Today�s event was attended by Dr Suresh Badhan, consultant coordinator, NOTTO, and Sangita Sherawat, chief transplant coordinator, NOTTO.
Several prominent people from Assam like noted musician JP Das, Ravi Sharma, Mahadev Deka, Joi Barua, Dr Navanil Baruah of the GNRC and others from the film and music fraternity participated in the event.
The runners were presented with finisher certificates and medals. The entire event was organised in association with Ayursundra Superspecialty Hospital, State Bank of India and The Assam Tribune.
Through this event, Zublee Foundation wanted people to understand and support the cause of deceased organ donation, and also invite attention of the Government towards taking necessary steps to make deceased organ donation possible in Assam and other States of North East India.
After the run, Dulal Deka, the father of a deceased who had wished to donate his son�s kidneys and arms after his death, was felicitated by PS Mahanta, SP, Kamrup Metro, for coming forward for organ donation.
Krishnakhi Das and Prerna Das were also felicitated by Zublee Baruah, chairperson of the foundation, for their efforts in saving the life of their father.