Walkathon to spread ‘skin’ lesson

Saturday 8th June, 2019

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Walkathon to spread skin lesson BENGALURU, DHNS: While there is a demand for 3,000 skin donations every year to treat burns victims, 81 donations have been made at the Victoria Hospitals skin bank since its inception in March 2016. The Victoria Hospital, in association with the Rotary Bangalore Midtown, is running a skin bank. Each year, the hospital sees about 1,000 burns victims. According to the doctors, totreat one severe burns victim, skin from three donorsis needed. 'To create awareness about skin donation, the Rotary Bangalore Midtown, in association with Prestige Group and Ashirvad Pipes, has organised a5 km walkathon on June 9 from St. Josephs Indian High School ground at 6.30 am. One of Indias bravehearts, How and who can donate Skin can be donated post-death e@ Must be harvested within 6 hours of demi: e@ Donors of any age can be considered Skin is harvested from thigh, back regions Laxmi Agarwal LaxmiAgarwal,an acid attack Survivor, will participate. Laxm is associated with the Rotary Bangalore Midtown as the official Cause Ambassador for skin donation. Laxmi will educate citizens about skin donation through her journey, the organisers said. Having put her story in a light, the association hopes to encourage citizens to pledge their skin for donation. Namratha Bhatia, Rotarian anda fashion designer,told DH thatthe walkathon aims to motivate people to come forward i for donation. We have been interacting with the walkers at Cubbon Park. We understand that very few people know that skin is donatable. We have facilities at the Victoria Hospital, and itis important for people to be aware ofit, Namratha said. In India, there are 70 lakh cases of burns annually, of which 7 lakh require hospital admission and 1.4 lakh are fatal. Of them, 90,000 are women. Burn victims require special care and treatment including counselling.