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KGMU awaits govt nod to start organ transplant facility

The permission for harvesting organs from brain-dead patients has already been granted.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: December 7, 2013 4:49:44 am

King George Medical University (KGMU) in Lucknow will soon start its organ transplant facility in the university,once it gets the nod from the state government. The permission for harvesting organs from brain-dead patients has already been granted.

As of now,only Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Science (SGPGI),Lucknow provides the facility for organ transplant in the government sector in the state.

“We have already got the permission for organ harvesting and we have applied for permission for organ transplant facility,which is also expected to be granted soon,” said Dr S N Sankhwar,Chief Medical Superintendent (CMS) and the head of Department of Urology at the university.

Organ transplant facility will begin at the Centenary Hospital,which the state government recently allowed to be run as a part of the medical university. “At least 20 beds will be earmarked for this facility,while two modular operation theatres will be used for organ transplant,” said Dr Sankhwar. Centenary Hospital houses some of the most advanced medical facilities,but was not being used because it had to run on a financially independent model,a decision which state government overturned earlier this week,allowing it to be part of the university. Some of the other surgical departments of the university will also be shifted to the hospital,he added.

Till the time the permission for organ transplant is obtained,the university is planning to harvest organs,but it will be sent to SGPGI for transplant,CMS said. “Since SGPGI has already been doing organ transplants,we are going to tie-up with them for guidance in the initial phase,” he added.

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