The Indore Organ donation society will conduct tests for Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) typing, done to facilitate bone marrow transplant, free-of-cost.
Earlier it was proposed that only below poverty line (BPL) patients will get the tests done free under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) by the All India Institute for Medical Sciences (AIIMS). With the recent collection of funds and donations in the society’s account, the committee has decided to sponsor it by themselves.
“We are holding a meeting where accounts and documents will be audited. Then we will hold discussions regarding the centre, the only one in the state. So, it is important to provide concessions,” said divisional commissioner Sanjay Dubey.
The centre will create a database of bone marrow types in order to find donors. “Bone marrow transplants are done for two types of cancer, namely acute myeloid leukaemia and chronic myeloid leukaemia. We wanted to have a database which classifies these things along with an HLA typing of the patient so that if any donor wishes to come forward, we can adhere to it immediately,” said Dr Sanjay Dixit, vice dean of MGM medical college.
The organ donation society had earlier proposed to set up the unit. A team of doctors from AIIMS had then given a presentation in Indore, proposing to train two doctors to carry out tests. “We had an agreement with them (AIIMS) wherein they promised us to set up the unit,” said Dubey.
Procurement of equipment and training of an assistant professor and technician from Department of Microbiology of MGM Medical College in Indore was then started.
“The individuals have undergone a training of two months so that the sampling can be easy. The cost of the setup is going to be around Rs 2 crore,” said Dr Dixit.