Benjamin to talk awareness drives for organ donation

To chalk out strategies on spreading awareness about organ donation,State Additional Chief Secretary (Health) T C Benjamin will hold a meeting with cash-strapped Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee (ZTCC) on September 7.

Written by Anuradha Mascarenhas | Published: August 26, 2012 5:17 am

To chalk out strategies on spreading awareness about organ donation,State Additional Chief Secretary (Health) T C Benjamin will hold a meeting with cash-strapped Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee (ZTCC) on September 7.

Benjamin told Newsline that a meeting was held in Mumbai to address the issue of organ donation. “I will be coming to Pune on September 7 to understand the problems of ZTCC and take up some programmes to encourage people to donate cadaveric kidneys,” Benjamin said. A mere 42 kidney cadaver transplants have been performed in the city since 2004.

Dr F F Wadia,honorary secretary of the ZTCC and consulting nephrologists at KEM Hospital,said there are barely 3-4 cadaveric kidney transplants performed every year while the waiting list for kidneys is over 300.

ZTCC coordinator Rohini Sahasrabuddhe said,“It took three years for the trust to get registered. Now,we have sent requests to the state government for funds to mobilise support and create awareness about organ donation.”

The ZTCC is a trust started under the aegis of Maharashtra Confederation of Organ Transplantation and aims at allocating organs to suitable recipients on the central waiting list. It ensures ethical distribution of organs according to the highest points accorded to the patient on the waiting list.

People donate kidneys to their relatives and friends but when it comes to donating kidneys of a deceased kin,there is a mind block,said Wadia.

“They are reluctant to donate and we need to a huge awareness campaign to inform them that donating cadaveric kidneys can go a long way in saving lives,” says Dr Abhay Sadre,head of the department of urology at Ruby Hall Clinic.

Diabetologists too say the number of diabetes cases is increasing. At present,there are 240 million cases of diabetes worldwide and the figure is estimated to rise to 380 million by 2025.

With the increase cases of diabetes,there is also a rise in chronic kidney diseases,says Sadre.

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