You have raised the issue of problems in organ donation in the country.
Many people come to my office seeking help in issues related to kidney and organ transplantation. It has become a major issue. There is a huge requirement of organ transplantation. I keep writing to various committees. But most of the time those who require it do not get it. If a mechanism is created in which the organs of those who die in accidents can be donated, we will not need living organ donors. This mechanism is lacking.
You want a mechanism that expedites organ donation of those who die in accidents. Can you explain?
So many accidents happen in our country. Out of these, several people have brain injuries, and we need to tap this pool. Then we will not require living donors.
Can you suggest a mechanism?
There are certain areas like some spots on national highways that are accident-prone. If hospitals and ambulances in those areas are sensitised, when such unfortunate accidents happen, you can get that mechanism functioning.
PM Narendra Modi raised this issue in his radio programme Mann Ki Baat and there are activists trying to create awareness. Do you think it is helpful?
Unfortunately, not enough is being done. For example, Safdarjung Hospital started a skin bank in 2012, but it is yet to start working with no cadaver skin donation made so far. As politicians, we come across many cases in our interactions. Awareness is lacking, and poor people are getting affected. Farmers are selling kidneys where drought conditions prevail. WHO estimated in 2007 that 2,000 Indians are selling their kidneys due to poverty every year. Steps should be taken to control illegal trade as well.
There were suggestions from other MPs to link it with issue of SIM cards and driving licences. So that those who are ready to donate organs can be identified easily.
More than that, I think we should concentrate on accident cases, it will yield results. Sensitisation is also important.