Free treatment to potential donors, free organ transplant for poor patients, and getting help of experts from south where organ donation is more popular than in north are some of the steps the PGI administration is planning to promote deceased organ donation.
These proposals were discussed at a meeting of experts from departments involved in organ transplant, like heart, liver, pancreas, lung, kidney and bone marrow, called by institute director Dr YK Chawla last week.
The purpose was to review the current organ donation scenario at the institute, which is very poor, and to come up with possible solutions.
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“In southern states, particularly Tamil Nadu and Kerala, potential donors are given free treatment and best medical facilities. Some facilities are given in the PGI also, but we are planning to add more facilities,” said a doctor.
The director asked all unit heads to make a proposal to specify the budget required for complete treatment of patients undergoing various organ transplants. “Then a budget will be sent to the Central Government for sanction. The PGI will ask for financial help from the government to support potential recipients who find it difficult to bear the expenses,” said a head of department.
The institute is planning to have a symposium in the first week of May where experts from south will be called to sensitise the staff about the importance of organ donation and to train medical counsellors.
Asked why the southern states were doing better in organ donation, Dr K L Gupta, head of the Nephrology Department, said, “The state governments there are taking interest and initiative along with doctors to promote organ donation. The doctors’ suggestions are taken while passing legislation, unlike north where the state governments are least bothered about organ donation.”