Set to add another feather to Indore’s hat, a Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) typing centre to facilitate transplantation of bone marrow would soon be set up in the Indore.
The set up would be facilitated by the Indore Organ Donation society.
HLA typing is used to match patients and donors for bone marrow or cord blood transplants. HLA are proteins -- or markers -- found on most cells in the body. The immune system uses these markers to recognise which cells belong in the body and which do not.
Second such centre in the country after AIIMS
The second such centre after AIIMS in the country, the unit in Indore will help patients suffering from different types of bone marrow cancer.
“Bone marrow transplant is a very difficult operation as finding a right match is also a gigantic task,” said Dr Sanjay Dixit, vice dean at MGM medical college, Indore.
To solve the problem, a database with an international reach would be prepared under this unit.
“Bone marrow can be classified under two heads — one is AML (acute myeloid leukaemia) and the other is CML (chronic myeloid leukemia). We wanted to have a database which classifies these things clearly along with an HLA typing of the patient so that if any donor from any part of the world wishes to come forward for it, we can adhere to it immediately,” said Sanjay Dubey, divisional commissioner and head of Indore organ donation society.
The unit was proposed by the organ donation society a couple of months back. A team of doctors from AIIMS had also given a presentation on the same in Indore wherein it was proposed that two doctors be trained in the same thing.
“We had an agreement with them wherein they promised us to set up the entire unit,” said Dubey.
Procurement of equipment and training of an assistant professor and technician from Department of Microbiology of MGM Medical College in Indore has also started.
“The individuals have to undergo a training of two months so that the sampling can be easy. The cost of the set up is going to be around Rs 2 crore,” said Dr Dixit.
Some funds under the National Rural Health Mission will also be drawn.
It was also decided that patients with BPL (Below Poverty Line) cards will get this test done for free while others will be sponsored by the Indore organ donation society.