Good news: Maha witnesses improvement in the organ donation figures

While the state had seen 132 cadaver organ donations in total in 2016, it has witnessed 135, this year. In the year 2015, the total number of cadaver donations was 61, while the last year it had seen a significant increase, by taking the total up to 132. While Pune topped the list in 2016, this year Mumbai has topped the list

Good news: Maha witnesses improvement in the organ donation figures

  • With a slight improvement in the organ donation figures of Maharashtra, Mumbai has seen the highest donation in state since January 1, 2017 till date.
  • While the state had witnessed an unprecedented rise in organ donation in 2016, this year, the bar has been raised.
  • In the year 2015, the total number of cadaver donations was 61, while the last year it had seen a twofold increase with a total of 132.

While Pune topped the list last year, it is Mumbai which has topped this year. Mumbai saw 59 cadaver donations this year; Pune has seen 56 this year. Last year for the first time Pune has reached the top spot, after Mumbai record of topping the list for many years till 2015.

A cadaveric donation takes place when the family of a patient, who has been declared brain-dead, agrees to donate his or her vital organs, mainly the kidneys, liver and heart.

There are four ZTCC in Maharashtra in Pune, Mumbai, Aurangabad and Nagpur. Aurangabad has recorded 6 organ donations this year, while Nagpur has recorded 14.

Sujata Ashtekar, Senior Transplant Coordinator, Mumbai, said, “More and more doctors should be sensitised. Every potential donor should be approached so that we do not miss out on anybody.”

Among all the organs, kidney has seen the largest number of transplants, followed by liver. While kidney has seen 194 transplants, 123 and 59 liver and heart were transplanted respectively. Only one lung was transplanted in this year. There was also a combined kidney and pancreas transplant; this was 2017’s only pancreas transplant.

Along with rising awareness on organ donation, the Maharashtra government has encouraged organ donation by improving the systemic implementation for all these years. But, the total has seen stagnation this year.

Experts are attributing many reasons for it. Improving current rules and regulations, giving a push for the government hospital to undertake transplants, giving retrieval license to more and more hospitals and creating awareness are the suggestions put forth by experts.