The state can witness a lot more actions in the deceased organ donation movement, ensuring more donations in the future. A brain storming session on Monday at the Times of India’s Kolkata office saw experts, activists and officials putting their heads together to push the organ donation movement ahead.
“There is the need for a more systematic organ recipient list, reimbursement of donor maintenance cost to the hospital that declares brain death, regular meets between heads of all private hospitals and ROTTO (Regional Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation) and SOTTO (State Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation) officials, ” pointed out Vatsala Trivedi, who had been a part of Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee (ZTCC) in Mumbai and has been working in organ donation movement for more than two decades.
The panel discussion was part of TOI’s initiative on organ donation drive in association with Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital (KDAH) Mumbai.
“We also need the involvement of more ICU doctors in this programme because they are the ones who can identify the brain deaths and adequate training of transplant coordinators,” said Arpita Ray Chaudhury, ROTTO joint director. Ray Chaudhury promised to discuss the stumbling blocks in the organ donation movement in a proper forum so that these problems can be ironed out.
“This year, our hospital alone could convert at least 11 brain deaths into organ donations. Factors like a transplant coordinator in our hospital being a doctor herself and the ambience in the hospital have helped,” said Sanjay Pandey, transplant specialist at KDAH.
In contrast, all hospitals in and around Kolkata put together have been able to convert only 11 brain deaths into donation in 2019, against 15 in 2018.
From only 3 donations in 1997, Mumbai has recorded 73 donations this year. The organ donation movement in Kolkata started late in 2010 with a lone donation. After a lull for years, ROTTO and SOTTO ensured a impetus in 2018 when the figure hit the double digit for the first time.
“Because of the major boost in 2018 many hospitals set up transplant units. All stakeholders, both in the public and the private sectors, need to bury differences and work together so that we don’t lag in this movement,” said Mahesh Goenka, director, Institute Gastro Sciences and Liver at Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals Kolkata.
“An expert committee with doctors from both government and private hospitals, who are passionate about this movement, can ensure better coordination,” said Pratim Sengupta, a nephrologist involved in the organ donation movement. Saurabh Koley, an intensivist with Belle Vue, also stressed on the need to acknowledge the roles of intensivists to keep them motivated.
The panel discussion also had VM Swamy and Viresh Shah from Bengal Organ Donation Society (BODS), NGO partner for the West Bengal leg of TOI’s initiative. A Cyclothon on Saturday saw Kolkatans not only riding with messages on organ donation but also pledging their organs. The event had the likes of Apsara Guhathakurta, beauty pageant winner, actor Priscilla Corner, New Town Development Authority chairman Debashish Sen and DC headquarters Bidhannagar Kunal Aggarwal. Talks on organ donations were also held at places, including Institute of Indian Mother and Child.
Source: Times of India