Maharashtra needs dedicated organ transplant centre, say experts

Not only the state of Maharashtra, but all other states should have a dedicated set-up like this. State government should make necessary provisions for this in the budget. We need a centralise institution like this says Dr Ravi Wankhede, Secretary ZTCC Nagpur

Maharashtra needs dedicated organ transplant centre, say experts

Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research popularly known as ‘JIPMER’, is planning to establish a dedicated centre for organ transplantation in Pondicherry. It will be a first of its kind centre in India; the centre would be a comprehensive se-tup with wide spectrum of organ transplantation.

The centre is proposed at an expenditure of 590 crore in stages. The institute will be designed to run on international standards.

Meanwhile, health experts, doctors and people associated with ZTCC, Zonal transplantation coordination centre for organ transplant in Maharashtra are demanding a centre like this, which will benefit the poor and needy.

Speaking to My Medical Mantra, former President of ZTCC, Dr Gustad Davar said, “It is a good idea to have a dedicate organ transplant centre in the public sector. We can have one of the major medical colleges to have such centre.”

Meanwhile, Dr S.C. Parija, Director, JIPMER informed that, a high level advisory committee is constituted for the Institute of organ transplantation, the press release stated that, the proposed JIPMER centre at Pondicherry, will benefit a large number of patients waiting for organ transplant in South India. “This will be the first of such a comprehensive centre in the country which covers all areas of organ and tissue transplantation, Dr Parija added.

JIPMER press release further elaborates; the centre will provide transplantation services for all organs and tissues like kidneys, liver, heart, pancreas, intestine, bone marrow, hand etc. It will have facilities for organ and tissue banking. There will be seven departments and another seven divisions in the area of organ and tissue transplantation. The hospital part is planned with 200 beds including 65 ICU beds.

Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Ravi Wankhede, Secretary ZTCC Nagpur said, “Not only the state of Maharashtra, but all other states should have a dedicated set-up like this. State government should make necessary provisions for this in the budget. We need a centralise institution like this.”

Dr Wankhede further added, “Poor people those who have heart, liver and kidney ailment have to suffer a lot. They have to travel from one place to another to find a donor. Transplantation cost is also huge. If the State government setups a comprehensive centre poor people will be benefited out of it.”

JIPMER says dedicated organ sharing and transport services will be part of this centre, so that all the available organs are maximally used for transplantation for waiting patients. It will also act as a training centre for doctors and paramedical professionals in the area of organ and tissue transplantation.

Earmarked research facilities will be developed in the proposed centre. This is to help the need of the country in terms of research in the area of organ and tissue transplantation.

Dr Biju Pottakkat, secretary of JIPMER Multi-organ Transplantation Programme, JIPMER, told that the detailed project report will be prepared in a few months incorporating all the advances in the field of organ transplantation. The centre will extend its services to people mainly in South India as well as other areas of the country.

As per the data provided by Zonal Transplant coordination Centre, last year, the organ donation was highest in 4 years with 58 cadaver donations: 91 kidneys, 58 livers, 34 hearts and one lung were transplanted to several ill patients in 2016.