Making Indore the first city in the country to simultaneously create two green corridors to transport organs harvested from a brain-dead patient, an Indore organ donation society has cut through the red-tape and labour behind the donation of each organ.
“It was a very difficult situation before this society was formed. Eye donation was the only area we could cover since formalities and legal hurdles left us tangled,” said Sandeepan Arya from the Muskaan group -- an NGO that has been working for organ donation for over a decade.
With the extra formalities that a donor’s family had to undergo, the number of donations have increased, said Arya, adding, “There used to be police verifications, legal issues plus lack of co-ordination between hospitals, which has been completely resolved.”
Divisional commissioner Sanjay Dubey, who is also a chairman of the organ donation society, said, “We had to revamp the entire (organ donation) policy and make it easy for the families willing to opt for a donation.”
Working on another policy change, Dubey said that the next plan would be to make it easy for patients coming through medico-legal cases such as accidents.
“Medico-legal cases are a big hurdle as there is police involved, but it is also a fact that a large number of incidents wherein a patient is certified as brain dead in this sector. Our plan is to reduce this hurdle in a manner that the doctors have the right to retrieve the organ but will have to maintain a detailed file of the patient which can be handed over to the police,” he said.
Adding that the policy were ready and are awaiting approval, he added that soon, government hospitals will be upgraded to be able to retrieve organs and may also be able to perform liver transplants. “Under the Kayakalp programme we wish to make MY Hospital so well-equipped that the entire transplants can be performed in the city itself,” he added.