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Monday, August 8, 2016

Govt to enlist gurus for organ campaign

The health ministry plans to rope in spiritual gurus, including The Art of Living's Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and yoga guru Baba Ramdev , to help dispel myths about organ donation.

Health minister J P Nadda and senior officials have held two rounds of discussions with these gurus and are now working out a detailed campaign on organ donation, which is expected to be launched very soon, a senior official said.

Several studies and surveys, including those conducted by TOI, have shown that people believe in myths like donating organs may impact the next birth. There is also a misconception that pledging to donate organs may deprive a person of the best treatment for saving hisher life. Surveys showed that around 30% of people in urban areas believed organ donors would not receive any lifesaving treatment while around 20% thought their body would be mutilated.

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