Consultants seek streamlining of organ donation process

Members of the Association of Medical Consultants (AMC) have urged the government to streamline the implementation of the Transplantation of Human Organs Act ,1994,to fill the gap between supply and demand of cadaver that exists in the state.

Written by Express News Service | Published: July 2, 2012 3:42 am

Members of the Association of Medical Consultants (AMC) have urged the government to streamline the implementation of the Transplantation of Human Organs Act ,1994,to fill the gap between supply and demand of cadaver that exists in the state.

The recent revision of the Act was meant to regulate the organ donation scenario in the country but the state government is yet to pass an order to streamline the process.

As against this,the Tamil Nadu government has a comparatively larger rate of successful transplants. Mumbai saw 251 kidney and 36 liver transplants in the last 15 years while Tamil Nadu’s total for the last three years was 656.

“Organ donation is a strong trend in Tamil Nadu and we want the same here as well. Sometimes we have an organ but we don’t know where to send it since there is no centralised waiting list of patients who need it. We have to individually call various hospitals to ask them if they need the organ and it is a time-consuming procedure,” said Dr Kishore Adyanthaya,professor & head,department of surgery,Bombay Hospital & AMC president.

Currently,the demand for liver cadavers in the city per year is almost 30,000 but only about 1,000 of them are able to find right matches. The cornea is the most transplanted organ in the city but there is still no centralised registry in place.

“The organ donation scenario in Mumbai is dismal because of lack of awareness among people. There is a huge gap between demand and supply in case of kidney and liver cadavers — the most common among transplant surgeries. Many hospitals have the infrastructure and facilities to retrieve vital organs but the awareness regarding need for donating organs is extremely low among people,” said Dr Jyotsna Verma,chief liver transplant consultant at Fortis Hospital.

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