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12 private hospitals in Navi Mumbai may soon get licence to retrieve organs

Experts say decision will benefit patients with end-stage organ failure, as it will boost organ donation and aid transplants

mumbai Updated: Dec 12, 2017 18:30 IST
Aayushi Pratap
Aayushi Pratap
Hindustan Times
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Professor Darius F Mirza, head of liver transplantation, Apollo Hospitals, addresses the medical fraternity in Navi Mumbai on organ donation. (HT Photo )

To save more lives by encouraging organ donation, the Maharashtra government is likely to recognise 12 private hospitals in Navi Mumbai as Non-transplant Organ Retrieval Centres (NTORC).

During an organ donation awareness meet held on December 9 at Apollo Hospital, Navi Mumbai, representatives from 15 Navi Mumbai hospitals attended lectures by senior Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee (ZTCC) officials after which they showed interest in applying for NTROC. The ZTCC is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that facilitates organ donation between donors and recipients in the state.

Darius F Mirza, head, liver transplantation, Apollo Hospitals, said with more hospitals coming on board, it will increase organ donation and will eventually benefit patients with end-stage organ failure.

While NTORCs do not conduct organ transplants, they are authorised to retrieve organs after a patient is declared brain dead. Dr Gauri Rathod, state’s nodal officer for organ donation, said there was a great potential for more private hospitals to become NTORCs.

“At present, of the 56 NTORCs , about 10 are private facilities,” she said.

Dr SK Mathur, vice president, ZTCC, said it is a hospital’s medico-social responsibility to have NTORCs as more families will opt for organ donation, which will eventually shorten the wait for recipients listed for organ transplants.

“If the NTORCs are at the same place where the patient is admitted, the family does not have to look for other centres where organs are retrieved,” Mathur said.

He added that process of shifting the patient from one centre to another could lead to cardiac arrest, drop in blood pressure, in which case the organs would not be in the medical condition of being transplanted.

Sai Snehadeep Hospital, Navi Mumbai, is planning to register for NTORC. “It will be a good initiative for the hospital, from a social point of view. Also, there is such a huge gap between the number of donors and recipients that it only makes sense for more hospitals to apply for NTORC and encourage more families for organ donation,” said Dr Nilesh Sarvaiya, hospital representative who attended the session.

Experts said all hospitals that have an intensive care unit (ICU) and an operation theatre can become NTORCs, under the government’s Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues Act.

As per data available with the National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization (NOTTO), there is a wide gap between patients who need transplants and organs available in India. An estimated 1.8 lakh people suffer from renal failure every year, but the number of renal transplants done annually is just 6,000.

The story is the same when it comes to liver and heart transplant. An estimated two lakh patients die of liver failure or cancer in India annually. Of these, 10-15% can be saved with a timely liver transplant. While 25,000 to 30,000 transplants are needed annually, only 1,500 are performed. Similarly, 50,000 people suffer from heart failure every year but only 10 to 15 heart transplants are performed in India, says NOTTO.

First Published: Dec 12, 2017 14:58 IST