It’s Indian Organ Donation Day and PGIMER has a good news to share. The hospital, which was earlier selected as Regional Organ and Tissue Transplantation Organisation (ROTTO) by the Union ministry of health, has now received grants, more than a crore, to kick-start the project.
Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) director, Dr YK Chawla said the centre, which would become functional in four or five months, would boost the organ sharing programme across the northern region.
“This week, we have received a grant worth more than a crore from the health ministry. Within a couple of months, a centre will be set up on the sixth floor of the Research Block-B,” said Dr Chawla.
To promote organ transplant across the country, the Union ministry of health and family welfare has set up National Organ and Tissue Transplantation Organisation (NOTTO) at Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi.
The NOTTO will maintain a centralised national database of organ and tissue recipients. It will take the help of with five Regional Organ and Tissue Tranplant Organisations (ROTTO) and State Organ and Tissue Transplant Organsiations (SOTTO) across the country in maintaining the data.
The five ROTTOs are in Chandigarh (northern zone), Mumbai (western zone), Guwahati (north-eastern zone), Kolkata (eastern zone) and Chennai (southern zone).
Under this programme, PGIMER will co-ordinate with hospitals across the five states – Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand. Two sub-centres or SOTTOs will also come under PGIMER.
“During the first month, our focus will be to educate and inform maximum number of hospitals in the region about the importance of organ transplant programme. We will encourage them to register with NOTTO and ROTTO,” said Dr Vipin Kaushal from the PGI administration.
He added, “Once it is done, our next step will be to make an online database of all the registered hospitals. PGIMER will have a detail of each and every hospital under its jurisdiction including hospital-wise organ recipients, potential organ donors (live and cadaveric) and those in waiting list.”
The registration work has already in Delhi and NCR hospitals. It will soon begin at the PGIMER. The main focus will be on collection, coordination and distribution of organs and tissues between states.
“In case there is a cadaveric organ donor in a hospital, PGIMER will be alerted and our teams will rush to the spot for transplantation. Also, PGIMER can alert the nearest hospital about the donor,” informed Dr Kaushal.
Talking about the advantages of the programme, director Dr Yogesh Chawla said, “The scope of organ sharing will increase. Every brain dead patient will be tracked and efforts will be made to make them potential donors.”
“We hope the waiting list of organ recipients will come down with this programme and maximum number of patients will be benefitted,” he added. The director also talked about recruiting three more transplant co-ordinators to spread more awareness about the programme.