In a significant move aimed at overcoming the problem of acute shortage of cadaver organ donors, the Delhi government will be launching a course to produce specialised transplant coordinators.
The first batch of 36 doctors from hospitals across the country will be trained by transplant experts from Barcelona, Spain. These doctors will receive training not only in counselling families but also to establish a robust network of organ donators with other hospitals. This way, organs will reach recipients in time and there will be minimum wastage.
This three-day course, called the National Deceased Organ Donation Certificate Course, will be held at the Delhi government-run Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) in Vasant Kunj from September 24 to September 26.
Sources said that the Capital alone requires a minimum of 1,000 specialised trans-plant coordinators for a transplant programme to work effectively.
“Normally, the survival rate in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) lies between 10% and 20%. So it becomes imperative that every hospital that has an ICU also has a transplant coordinator. There may be only 10 centres that perform a transplant, but the donating centres could be in hundreds,” said Dr SK Sarin, director, ILBS.
The course will be subsidised by the government The cost of the course, which is likely to go up to Rs. 4 lakh outside India, will be kept to as low as Rs. 20,000. The Delhi government will be subsiding the course fee while the participating hospitals will partially fund it for their chosen representatives.
“A few of us have done this course. And except those from AIIMS, we paid for the course ourselves,” said Dr Vibhuti Sharma, transplant coordinator, ILBS. “A transplant coordinator is a crucial link between the families and hospitals. A transplant coordinator’s job is not just about taking the family’s consent for organ donation. It also involves ensuring that the organs reach the right place in time,” Sharma added.
The Delhi government also runs a facility, wherein one can be an online donor. “The government wants to actively promote organ donation so that precious lives can be saved. Often people want to know where they can donate organs. Our website www.dorso.org will be able to tell you everything you want to know about the process,” said Anshu Prakash, principal secretary, health, Delhi government.