[AI] Toll free eye donation number

Kotian, H P hpkotian at rbi.org.in
Mon Jul 6 22:39:53 PDT 2015


A friend of mine lost a close relative. The deceased had expressed her wish to donate her eyes. however, when the day came, no one arround could help the family provide the number.

The doctors were also hopelessly misinformed and tried to convince the family that eye donation could not be done after the age of 50. Even, justdial could not provide any info.
The national eye donation toll free number is 1919

We all need to put our bit across to pass on this valuable info.

I wanted to check on the effectiveness of the system and so I called this numver. After many ring, a lady answered the call. I checked if she could provide the nearest hospital. She was unable to help, however, she gave me her husband's numver which is8108536536
Iagain called up this numver for a long while this number was busy and finally got through. I again posed the same query. He replied that one should call this numver only if someone has passed away and thereafter they will assess if someone could be sent.

I don't think this is a workable system which will cater to this large country. I am not surprised eye donation is very low in the country.

We need to work out some system which will give results.
I am unsure if localised help is done through this numver. Maybe folks can try out in their area.

Harish Kotian

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