Thottoor village in the Edakkattuvayal gramapanchayat in Piravom has become a model for organ donation with all the 350 families in the ward signing consent letters for organ donation.
Food and Civil Supplies Minister Anoop Jacob formally declared the village as a Total Voluntary Organ Donors’ Village here at a function on Monday.
The programme was initiated by the Thottoor Recreation Club in connection with its 42nd anniversary. As part of the initiative, the volunteers of the club organised month-long public campaigns and interactive programmes to create awareness and encourage the public to donate organs
It was assisted by Kudumbsashree mission and ‘Vayojana’ Club of the panchayat. The panchayat authorities also extended support to the club. Firstly, consent letter forms were distributed to all the families in the ward after which awareness programmes on organ donation were held at various functions in the ward for two months. After creating awareness, the club members began to collect the signed forms.
Over 506 persons have pledged their organs for donation and the letters of consent were handed over to the authorities of ‘Mrithasanjeevani’, the state government’s official scheme for organ donation the other day.
N R Arun Kumar, club secretary, said over 506 signed letters from 350 families in the ward have been collected so far. We will be collecting the remaining letters in the coming days. “We have plans to extend the initiative to other wards in the panchayat and aim to turn the panchayat into a total voluntary organ donors’ panchayat in the state,” Arun said.
M C Saji Kumar, Thottoor ward member, said the panchayat will seriously consider the plans to extend the campaign to other wards in association with voluntary organisations. Discussions will be held in this regard immediately, he said.
Anoop Jacob inaugurated the function on the premises of the Primary Health Centre, Thottoor. K R Jayakumar, president, Edakkattuvayal panchayat, ward members M C Saji Kumar, Latha Rajendran, P T Jacob and others attended .