Country’s first Bone Marrow registry to be launched today

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Sep 2017 11:47:56

Principal Correspondent,

Maharashtra Government in collaboration with Tata Trust is launching an initiative to prepare a bone marrow registry of over one lakh people as a reserve for patients requiring bone marrow transplant (BMT) as a treatment in diseases like different types of blood cancer, genetic blood disorders like sickle cell, thalassaemia etc.

Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will become first donor of bone marrow on Saturday at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH). The others who will grace the occasion include Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Maharashtra’s Medical Education Minister Girish Mahajan, Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule. This will be the first project being launched in the country in any Government College.

There are many diseases in which BMT is the only solution. Government realized that getting a donor for such patients from the family was increasingly becoming rare. Hence the need for seeking donors from the general public was seen as a good alternative. With this initiative, government will have a pool of willing donors.

The list of recipients is with Tata Trust. The list of donors will be prepared by GMCH and the bone marrow transplant will be conducted at Tata Memorial Cancer hospital. Doctors will be taking a swab from the mouth — a cheek swab of these willing individuals. The cells removed in the swab will be collected in a transport media. DNA from these cells be extracted and the HLA (human leucocyte antigen) type will be identified. This information about each prospective donor will be stored in the database and retrieved whenever a patient fails to get a donor.