by Pankti Mehta
Pankti Mehta is the daughter of Sangeen and Milan Rajnikant Mehta. She has completed the Bachelor of Mass Media course from Jai Hind College, Mumbai and is now at City University, London for further studies.
Statistics (true for the National Burns Centre, the largest and only dedicated burns hospital in the country):
• 250 patients on an average per year.
• 100 require skin donations.
• If live donors are used, two donors have to be used per patient, because skin can be extracted only from the thighs, as opposed to thighs and back for dead bodies. Thus, 200 donors required every year.
• Which is about 17 donors per month.
• Taking all hospitals treating burns into account, gauging from these statistics:
- 100 donors per month
- Which is 1200 donors per year
• The skin bank currently has the skin to save: 0 people.
There has been justified awareness about eye donation, blood donation and kidney donation, but not nearly enough about a phenomenon that has been around Mumbai for over a year now, skin donation. “We’ve been working very hard over the last three months to launch an awareness campaign”, says Dr. Satya Agarwala, a physician and Rotarian closely involved with the program. This program is being co-ordinated by the association of 6 Rotary Clubs, who aim to spread awareness as well as raise funds for it. The program had its official launch at the National Burns Centre in Airoli on the 12th of April, and is planning a soft launch in South Mumbai on 9th August, at Indian Merchant’s Chamber, Churchgate. In the last month, since the launch, they have acquired 60 donors.
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