Prime Minister Narender Singh Modi commended Tamil Nadu for their organ donation programme on Sunday. He said that the state had done “extremely well”.
In the 13th edition of his “Mann ki baat” programme, Modi addressed the nation by encouraging them to highlight the need to donate organ. According to the data, there has been a annual need of 2.5 lakh kidney, heart and liver donations.
Tamil Nadu’s State Cadaver Transplant programme was proposed in September 2008 and was initiated by the Department of Health and Family Welfare. Many government as well as private hospitals had participated in the programme. A total of 55 hospitals have the licence to transplant organs presently.
Due to the highest number of donation in the state, 500 people were endowed with a new life after 155 deceased organ donors donated. The implementation of the programme since 2008 brought about this drastic change that was seen in the statistics of 2014.
Some major questions that are frequently asked are, “Who all can donate?” Everyone can be a donor with some exceptions. Patients who have Hepatitis B and C can donate organs to patients with Hepatitis B and C. “Which organs and tissues can be donated?” Heart, Liver Kidneys, intestines, lungs and pancreas are the vital organs that can be donated in the case of brain death. Whereas, corneas, heart valves, skin, bones and other tissues can be donated in the case of natural death. “Why is the registry important for a donor?” Registry allows the transplant coordinators to approach the concerned family with consent, hence making it an easier process to reach out.
Appreciating PM’s notice towards the issue of organ donation, India Medical association (IMA) said that organ donation should be made a law in India. Strongly advocating for the cause, Modi said that the establishment of National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO) will enable to ensure 24X7 guidance through the helpline number 1800114770, which is already in service.