The Union Health Minister laid the Foundation for 23 Integrated Public Health Labs and 87 Block Public Health Units in Agra and his while dedicating a super specialty block and an organ donation register at Sarojini Naidu Medical College in Agra.
In his address during the ceremony, the Minister said that for registering to donate organs, only an Aadhar number and an Aadhar-linked cellphone number will be required, a step taken to simplify the process.
Dr Mandaviya stated that the super speciality block at Sarojini Naidu Medical College (SNMC) is 7,890 square metres in size and costs Rs. 200 crores. He claimed that the SNMC facility will serve about three crore people in not only Agra, but also eleven districts and two neighbouring states. He further stated that the SNMC super speciality block will contain services such as neurosurgery, neurology, gastroenterology, gastro surgery, urology, nephrology, cardiology, and so on.
Dr. Mandaviya further stated that, under Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi's leadership, India has undertaken various historic measures to grow the healthcare workforce as well as to strengthen and extend the country's healthcare infrastructure.
The ceremony was attended by a host of luminaries, including Prof. SP Singh Baghel, Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare and Shri Brajesh Pathak, Deputy Chief Minister and Minister of Medical Education, Uttar Pradesh who joined virtually. Shri Yogendra Upadhyay, Minister of Higher Education, Uttar Pradesh and Smt. Baby Rani Maurya, Minister of Women’s Welfare, Child Development and Nutrition, Uttar Pradesh were also present.
According to sources, around 8,000 people took the pledge to donate organs in Agra during the occasion.
Addressing the gathering, Dr Mandaviya said there can be no greater service than donating organs to save another life. He gave a clarion call to “donate blood when alive and donate organs after death”.
In his video message, the UP Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath, stated that the administration, led by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has always prioritised residents' health and well-being. He praised the organ donation pledge effort, saying that "donating one organ can give another person a new lease on life." He urged the crowd to sign a pledge to donate their organs in order for the word to spread throughout the country.
MoS Health Prof S P Singh Baghel emphasised the necessity of organ donation in saving people's lives.
He said that he and his family members have vowed to donate their organs, despite the fact that only 2% of people in the country have access to organ transplants.