The National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO) will soon set up its state centre at Indore in recognition of the city’s growing stature as an organ-donation hub of the country.
The move is expected to boost organ donations as well as transplantations in the state.
An organ of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the NOTTO focuses on collection, coordination and distribution of organs and tissues between states through its various state centers called State Organ and Tissue Transplantation Organisation (SOTTO).
It also co-ordinates and establishes network for procurement of organs and tissues as per the Transplantation of Human Organs (Amendment) Act 2011.
“In the absence of SOTTO in Madhya Pradesh, it was very difficult to monitor recipients and donors. So, patients from the state were not getting the benefit of the growing number of organ donations in the city. We often sent the organs to other cities like Delhi and Mumbai, who have a proper waiting list of the would-be recipients,” pointed out Sanjay Dubey, Indore divisional commissioner and the brain behind the Indore Society for Organ Donation (ISOD).
Setting up of SOTTO in Indore would help the state in keeping proper track of recipients and donors, he said, adding this would stem outflow of patients to other state for transplantation.
The centre will be established at the city’s MGM Medical College. The NOTTO will sanction around Rs 3 crore to set up the centre at Indore, which has recorded second highest number of organ donations in the country after Chennai in the past couple of years.
Within a span of one year, ten green corridors were created in the city, for quick transportation of organs to various hospitals within and outside the state.
The ISOD had been pressing for setting up of the SOTTO in the state so that local patients could take benefit of the rise in organ donations in Indore.
Establishment of this body would not only increase the level of work being done in the field of organ donation across the state but would also significantly reduce the time in finalizing a recipient, said Dr Sanjay Dixit, vice dean MGM medical college and joint secretary of the ISOD.
“We had to always co-ordinate with the NOTTO for everything as there was no state level body. With the establishment of SOTTO things will improve drastically,” he added.
A team would soon be formed to ensure that all the records of recipients and donors were maintained in a very transparent manner, Dr Dixit said, adding additional manpower might be required for this.
At present the department of community medicine of the MGM Medical College does the record-keeping.