Dr Gupta for encouraging cadaveric organ transplantation in State

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Nov 2017 11:14:52

Staff Reporter,


Nov 10,

More than ten thousand patients in Chhattisgarh require both dialysis and transplantation per year, but only 250 kidney transplantations have been done in the state so far in the past ten years. It is now time to talk and act so that cadaveric organ transplantation becomes a reality in the state.  Dr Punit Gupta, Nodal Officer of Chhattisgarh Organ Transplantation Organisation and also a Nephrologist, revealed the above mentioned observation at the sidelines of a workshop that was held on Friday with the objective of encouraging cadaveric organ transplantation in the state. Topic of the workshop was ‘Cadaveric and Life Related Organ Transplant’. Large number of people can be benefited in case this transplantation becomes a reality in the state, Dr Gupta said.

The intention behind organising the workshop under the aegis of Chhattisgarh government was to ensure a better understanding among government and private sector hospitals in terms of organ sharing so that no organ goes waste. Doctors from the hospitals of both the sectors, advocates, police personnel, NGOs and even media representatives were invited in the workshop. State Health Minister Ajay Chandrakar addressed the workshop.

Presently, it is Tamil Nadu, the leading state in cadaveric organ transplantation, followed by Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Kerala. Role of NGO is also important in making the task a reality and to name one NGO that has done a commendable task in the country, it is Mohan Foundation, Chennai, Dr Gupta said.

Advocates and police personnel were invited in the workshop for awareness of the legal aspects that are necessary to be complied with in the task. There are two types of licenses that are given for the task, one for taking out organs only and the other for taking out and transplanting organs as well, said Dr Gupta.

While the doctors in the state have to work for making cadaveric organ transplantation a reality and success in the state, the government, society and media have also to play their respective roles, he added. The workshop was graced by Principal Secretary, Health, Subrat Sahoo, Vice-Chancellor of Pt. Deendayal Upadhyay Memorial Health Sciences and Ayush University of Chhattisgarh Dr GB Gupta, Director of Medical Education Dr AK Chandrakar, Director of Health Services Ranu Sahu and other health authorities.

During a panel discussion, Dr Sunil Sharaf, from Chennai, told the doctors about brain death, liver, kidney, heart transplantation and allied subjects. Dr Sharaf also told about developing organ sharing network with neighbouring states and he also emphasised on social awareness. A book on organ transplantation in Chhattisgarh was also released.