Health ministry admits, India facing shortage of organ donors

In a written reply, to a question regarding whether there is shortage of human organ donors in the country; Anupriya Patel, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare admitted that India is indeed facing a shortage in terms of organ donors

Health ministry admits, India facing shortage of organ donors

The estimated need for kidney, heart and liver donations and the number of organ transplants done is as under:

Organs need for transplants of new cases of organ failure every year. Estimated number of organ transplants done per year (2017 Estimates)

Organ Need for transplants Organ transplants done
Kidney 2,00,000 8,000-10,000
Liver 30,000 1,800-2,000
Heart 50,000 339

Organ donation is the need of the hour. So, while answering the questions on organ donation Anupriya Patel, the Minister of State in the Ministry Of Health And Family Welfare replying in the Lok Sabha stated, “The exact global ranking of India in terms of organ donation and transplantation is not known. However, deceased organ donation rate in India is approximately 0.58 per million population.”

“As per the data available with National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO), 54, 110, 235 and 190 heart transplants and 720, 1024, 1368 and 805 kidney transplants have been undertaken in the year 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, respectively,” said Patel.