Imphal: Governor Anusuiya Uikey graced the ‘organ donation solicitation programme’ named ‘Legacy of Renewed Hope’ held at the Auditorium of Shija Hospital & Research Institute (SHRI) Private Limited, Langol on Monday.
The programme was held in honour of the 1st Deceased Organ Donor in North East India. It was the first kidney organ donation and transplantation from a brain dead person which was carried out in Manipur on August 2, 2023 for the first time in the entire North-Eastern region.
Addressing the gathering, Uikey said that “life and death is in the hands of God but if we cooperate in organ donation, it can save many lives and it will be a great service to humanity. Organ donors leave a lasting legacy after their demise by helping others and their lives become meaningful”.
On the other hand, the memory of the deceased person of the family is visible in the body of another person, which gives a astonishing experience to the family members. It also gives an impression of a person’s successful life, she asserted.
She cited the example of Late Sarungbam Kennedy’s family who would understand very well the self-satisfaction that comes from it. After his sudden death, his kidneys were donated and transplanted to two patients who had terminal kidney disease. Due to this courageous and virtuous action of his family members, two terminal kidney patients got their lives back, she added.
The Governor hailed Mohan Foundation and Shija Hospital and Research Institute Private Limited for their indispensible services by successfully performing difficult surgeries like organ transplantation for saving lives. She stated that organ transplant is not only a modern medical method but it is also done in ancient times. She also extended her gratefulness to all the Doctors and stakeholders for scripting such history in the field of medical science.
The Governor lauded the District Administration of Imphal East and Imphal West and Police Department for successfully maintaining a green corridor which was created for uninterrupted transportation of organs from Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences to Shija Hospital where a distance of 7.5 km was covered in 12 minutes.
While appealing to all to contribute in such noble gestures, the Governor said that there is a need to inspire the spirit of organ donation by initiating such innovative effort of organ donation to more people in our state and country. She continued that some learned people have donated even their bones while alive for the welfare and protection of human beings and society, whereas today we have to donate only in emergency situations.
During the programme, Mother of Late Sarungbam Kennedy, Sarungbam Amusana was felicitated by the Governor by presenting shawl and certificate and all concern stakeholders were also felicitated by the management of Shija Hospital.
Dr. Palin Khundrongbam, Chairman & Managing Director, Shija Hospital, Dr. Guliber Potsangbam, Consultant Nephrologist, Shija Hospital, Dr. Somorandro Paonam Consultant Urologist and Renal Transplant Surgeon, Shija Hospital, Sarungbam Amusana, mother of Late Sarungbam Kennedy Singh & family members, doctors and concerned stakeholders were also present at the occasion.
Briefing the media on the prevailing situation in the State after the programme, the Governor highlighted the continuous effort of the State Government and the Central Government for restoration of peace and normalcy in the state soon. She called upon all theconcerned to end violence and not to take law in their hands.