Union Health and Family Welfare Minister JP Nadda urged people to come forward and donate organs to save lives. He also launched the nationwide registry of National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization at www.notto.nic.in which meets the demand-supply gap between those who require transplantation and those who can meet this requirement.
On the occasion of 6th Indian Organ Donation Day organized by National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization (NOTTO), Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in New Delhi today, the Health Minister said that many myths and misconceptions surround organ donation. Sometimes even religions are also referred to as forbidding organ donation and transplantation, which actually is contrary to the fact, he added.
Nadda called upon all Indians to pledge to donate organs after death and save many precious lives. “Let organ donation became a national movement and show to the world that even in death, we care for our fellow citizens and the humanity at large”, the Health Minister said.
Expressed concern over gap between demand and supply of donated organs in the country despite the various activities to promote organ donation, the Health Minister said it is necessary to involve society, NGOs, voluntary organization, religious leaders in this movement to encourage people to donate their organs. He informed that the current organ donation and transplantation system is nowhere close to the requirements for organs in the country. Against a requirement of 1 to 2 Lakh kidneys, only about 5000 transplantations are being done annually. Similarly against a requirement of 30000 Liver transplantation requirements, we are currently doing about 1000 only.The main reason for this is very less number of organ donations from amongst deceased, he added.
In view of above fact, Nadda proposed a three pronged road map for action which can further improve the organ donation system in terms of Infrastructure, Education and Training and Awareness strategy. Elaborating his ideas, he said that at present all transplant facilities are available in Metropolitan cities and 95 percent are in private sector. There is a need to increase the transplant facilities in other parts of the country.
The Health Minister informed that the Government of India is implementing National Organ Transplant Programme with a view to promote organ donation from deceased persons and thereby increase the availability of organs for transplantation. The Health Ministry will also felicitate states where good work is done, families who help in mobilizing organ donation and organizing competitions and activities to promote organ donation, the Minister added. Further he said, other activities being planned include publicity through print and audio-visual media, SMS, talks by experts, etc.
C Vijaya Baskar, Health Minister of Tamil Nadu who received the best state award in the area of cadaver organ donation, said that the state government has taken decisive steps to promote organ donation and transplantation, created patient-centric healthcare and green corridors to facilitate organ transfer and donation for the needy persons. He also said that the state government has doubled its health budget for year 2015-16.
The National Organ and Tissue Transplant Registry have two components; one is for organ and other is for the tissues. These two components are for the professional and administrative bodies, which can be accessed by networking Organizations. Other components are for public information. It has information about the various hospitals who are doing transplantation people who have pledged for organ donation, the patients of organ failure waiting for transplants, living donor who are donated the organs, information on the follow up of living donor and transplant recipients.
The networking has been started through this registry in Delhi and NCR Hospitals. This will be soon be extended to the rest of the country. The purpose of the registry is also for providing all information about Organ donation and transplantations to all stake holders, sharing and allocation of organs in a transparent manner and monitoring trends, audit and outcomes of transplants which will help in improving the practices and policies in relation to organ donation and transplantation.