To promote organ donation,state to make hospitals declare brain dead

In a move to remove hurdles in promotion of organ donation,the state will now make it compulsory for hospitals to declare ‘brain dead’ patients .

Written by Anuradha Mascarenhas | Published: September 8, 2012 2:51:39 am

In a move to remove hurdles in promotion of organ donation,the state will now make it compulsory for hospitals to declare ‘brain dead’ patients . Those hospitals which have an ICU and an operation theatre but do not conduct transplants will also be authorised to declare patients who are ‘brain dead’.

Additional chief secretary (health) T C Benjamin who held a meeting of nephrologists and hospital administrators on Friday at B J Medical College,told Newsline that zonal transplant coordination committee (ZTCC) in Pune and Mumbai would be strengthened and funds to the tune of Rs 60,000 per month will be released.

At present,there are 94 hospitals registered as transplant centres in the state,of which 15 are in Pune. For years there have been unending waiting lists of patients with chronic renal failure. There is a need to promote organ donation,for which a slew of measures are being introduced,Benjamin said adding that four government resolutions will be issued to the effect next week.

Hinduja hospital medical director Dr Gustav Daver and ZTTC Pune’s honorary secretary Dr Farookh Wadia and other officials participated in the meeting that took stock of problems faced by nephrologists. While the focus is on retrieval of organs from brain dead patients,awareness due to various superstitions is low in society. Initially a medical team will confirm with a series of tests whether the patient is brain dead and will issue the said certification. However,the mandatory certification does not mean the brain dead patient’s organs will be donated. Here it is essential for relatives to express their willingness,Benjamin clarified.

The focus is on easing the hardships hospitals face and also create awareness of organ donation. “We realised this concept of retrieval of organs from brain dead patients was not adequately dealt with in the medical curriculum and instructions will now be issued to the Maharashtra University of Health Science to revise the syllabus,” Benjamin said.

As part of the awareness campaign,the state Information Education and Communication (IEC) bureau will also be asked to liaise with the education department and meet principals of colleges so that students are made aware about the need to donate organs,while issuing identity cards.

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