36-year-old Sutapa Bose from Kolkata died on Tuesday morning after a long wait for a kidney. She left the mortal world succumbing to a cardiac arrest. Though she died because of a dearth of available organs, her family did something noble on her behalf. They urged the doctor to help donate Sutapa’s organs so that others don’t meet the same fate. Though it was late to retrieve her organs, the doctors retrieved the two corneas that will be able to gift vision to two.
Delay cost her life
Sutapa was undergoing regular dialysis for over one-and-a-half years due to renal failure. Her doctor had recommended kidney transplant as a long-time solution. However, no donors were available. After a long wait, a donor was found. The delay in the transplant costed her life. She was supposed to get the transplant done by the end of this month.
The stipulated time had passed to retrieve Sutapa’s organs after death. The hospital in Dumdum, where she was admitted, got in touch with Disha Eye Hospitals in Barrackpore. Her corneas were collected by Prova Eye Bank. Sutapa’s family believes that if the transplant had taken earlier, she wouldn’t have died.
Time for change, time for action
In India, over 2 lakh people are in need of Kidney transplant, however, only 3% of the demand for transplants are met. Only 15,000 can afford kidney treatments of which 7,000 can afford transplants. This is despite 20,000 people are reported to have sold their kidneys. The Logical Indian appeals to the governments to take stock of the supply-demand crisis when it comes to kidneys and the affordability for treatment. The central government and the state government should empower and ensure the government hospitals are equipped to meet the demand for kidneys.
Women empowerment is one of the most important words of the present times. It is not a mere phrase but it rather represents a movement, which has been pending for the longest time. However, many have a misconception that educating women, “letting” them work, etc. is all that women empowerment is all about. However, the concept of women empowerment is more of an umbrella term. It intends to involve society as a whole, including men.
We always encourage and applaud a woman who successfully balances both work life and her household. But won’t it be easy for that woman if the load of the work is shared? We see that in our society a woman’s primary role is seen as that of a homemaker. At the same time, her personal likes, aspirations, and dreams are forced to be put on the backburner because of the undue expectation that she has to single handedly manage the household while balancing her career. To give credit where it is due, the times are changing. Men and women of the house are increasingly sharing the workload. However, one can also not turn a blind to the fact that a lot more still needs to be done.
Driving home the same concept, popular brand Ariel has come up with brilliant communication.
The video shows a mother speaking to her married daughter over the phone, all whilst cleaning the mess her son has created. She is absolutely heartbroken when her daughter says that she plans to quit her job since juggling both a demanding job and her household has become too overwhelming. It is during this time that she realises that while she and her husband as parents left no stone unturned to give an all-round upbringing to their daughter, they somewhere forgot to teach their son some basic life skills like cooking and doing laundry so that they grow out to be equally responsible in doing household chores. This is not a story of just one family, but of families across the country. These are some things which everyone must know, not for any other reason, but simply because these are basic tasks which are absolutely essential to survive. And, they make you capable to be equal partners tomorrow!
As Ariel raises an important question-is household work only a woman’s job? We need to ask ourselves the same question. A recent study revealed that the unpaid work done by women around the world amounted to 43 times the annual turnover of Apple Inc. It is high time we share the load and change the narrative that household work is the “duty” of a woman. As the video shows, contributing to the household work is not only a daughter’s work, but the son must contribute his bit too. It is also important for the parents to instil a sense of responsibility in their children, irrespective of their gender so that at any juncture of their lives, they are not completely dependent on another person for basic tasks like these. Ariel has been consistently driving this message and addressing the inequality within households since 2015. The Logical Indian applauds Ariel for coming up with such a brilliant video for depicting such an important concept.