To boost the Zonal Transplant Co-ordination Commitees (ZTCC) in the state, the state government has proposed to give each of the four ZTCCs a sum of 61,000 per month. Currently, the four ZTCCs run on donations from private institutions and individuals.
The four ZTCC centres are situated in Mumbai-Thane region, Pune, Nagpur and Aurangabad. The primary duties of the ZTCC are to ensure fair distribution of cadaver organs in the city, and create awareness about organ donation.
"While Mumbai ZTCC is somehow managing with donations, the other ZTCCs are very low profile. We want to make their functioning efficient so that it boosts the organ donation campaign all over the state," said Dr Kempi Patil, assistant director, DHS in charge of implementation of Human Organ Transplantation Act (HOTA). Dr Patil said that it could take about two months for the proposal to be cleared by the state.
"This is the usual costing of the ZTCC. A sum from the state government will help us run the office smoothly, and pay the salaries of the two people we employ. We can also boost our awareness campaign," said Dr Sujata Patwardhan, secretary, ZTCC Mumbai. The two employees include a transplant co-ordinator and a data entry operator to maintain the list of patients who need organ transplants. The state is also in the process of increasing donations by way of registering non-organ transplant organ retrieval centres (NTORC). In these centres, though transplantation does not take place, organ retrieval can be done if the centre has a intensive care unit, and surgical wards.