Organ donation: ‘Centre has developed standard curriculum’, JP Nadda

Organ donation is the need of the hour. Union health minister JP Nadda tweeted, “Our government is implementing National Organ Transplant Programme for promotion of organ donation from deceased persons in order to increase the availability of organs for transplant to save lives"

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  • There are millions in this country who need an organ for survival. If they get an organ, they can get a new life. Each year, hundreds of people die while waiting for an organ transplant.
  • There is a shortage of organs, and the gap between the number of organs donated and the number of people waiting for a transplant is getting larger.

In a series of tweets, Union health minister JP Nadda “Our govt. is implementing National Organ Transplant Programme for promotion of organ donation from deceased persons in order to increase the availability of organs for transplant to save lives.”

“NOTTO has conducted training programmes for Transplant Coordinator and standard curriculum has been developed for the same. Nationwide collection of organ donation and Transplantation data has been started.”

While answering the questions on organ donation Anupriya Patel, the Minister Of State In The Ministry Of Health And Family Welfare had replied in Loksabha stated, “The demand for organs and tissues for transplantation is far more than availability of the organs.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.

The estimated requirement of major organs and tissue as available with NOTTO is as under:

Organ/Tissue      Required     Available
Kidney                     200000         8000
Liver                          50000           1500
Heart                          30000           200
Cornea                     100000         25000