150,000 people die from organ failure every year in Pakistan, Adib Rizvi


Karachi: Director Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) Prof Adib Rizvi on Wednesday highlighted the magnitude of end stage organ failure in Pakistan where around 150,000 people dies of end stage failure of kidneys, liver, heart, lungs, and other organs every year.

He expressed these views while addressing the a function to launch a docu-drama on deceased organ donation based on the real life story of Naveed Anwer who met a road accident in 1998 and become Pakistan’s first deceased organ donor at Agha Hasan Abedi Auditorium SIUT.

Prof Adib Rizvi said these precious lives can be saved if deceased organ donation is fully establish in country similar to other Muslim countries where hundreds of transplantation was performed using organs from deceased donors.

He said the aim of the short film on Naveed Anwer was to create awareness in the society about deceased organ donation. He said it is the joint responsibility of the society to publicize and bring awareness about deceased organ donation.

He said docu-drama is honour for Naveed and for all other who followed his footstep. They and their families are heroes of our society who by their noble donation have helped save lives of others, he added.

Naveed’s sister Shazia while expressing her feeling, said the docu-drama goes through very emotional decision making process by the family to donate organs.

President All Pakistan Newspapers Society( APNS) Hameed Haroon stressed the importance of deceased organ donation. He said “We should take this cause as a social responsibility while creating awareness in this respect which will be a great help for people suffering from organ failure.”

The function was attended by a large number of people from different walks of live including corporate sector, media and those who have pledged for the donation of their organs.

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