In a bid 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 said 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 Punes honorary secretary Dr Farookh Wadia and other officials participated in the meeting that took stock of problems faced by nephrologists.