Principal GMC says organ donations important to reduce supply gap of human organs*
JAMMU: The Government Medical College (GMC) Jammu is mulling to start deceased donation for kidney and also heart, liver, pancreas donations as well, Principal GMC Jammu said on Wednesday.
Principal GMC Dr Shashi Sudan elaborated the importance of Human Organ, Tissue Transplantation and said that there has been a large deficit between demand and availability of organs and tissues in India including Jammu and Kashmir.
“The Organ Donation rate from deceased donors in our country is estimated to be 0.52 per million population. In comparison, the organ donation rate in Spain, the highest in the world, is 49.6 per million population,” she said.
She further said that in India, the Deceased Organ Donation rate in South is comparatively higher than North.
“GMC Jammu is in process to start Deceased Donation for kidney and also has been working to upgrade the facilities like Heart, Liver, pancreas etc for donation,” Principal said while adding, “we have expert Medical Professionals, but we are only lagging in donors and I request the public of J&K to come forward and pledge for Organ Donation.”
She added that for deceased donations, a team of doctors from the recipient hospital will come in this institution and retrieve the organs from the brain dead donor and will carry the organs to their hospital through a green corridor for hassle free transport of human organs from this hospital in the shortest minimum time because each organ has a specific timeframe in which it must be transplanted after it has been retrieved from the brain dead donors like Kidneys: 24–36 hours, Heart: 4–6 hours, Lungs: 4–8 hours, Liver: 8–12 hours, Pancreas: 12–18 hours and Intestine: 8–16 hours.
“It is the need of the hour as many people are struggling with end stage diseases and they need organs like kidney, liver, heart, lungs etc. to survive,” she said.
“Not everyone can get a living donor and they also have to get on the waiting list for transplantation. And to reduce this demand and supply gap of human organs, it is very important to have deceased donors in our Country and this can be possible only when a person can get organs from deceased donors,” she said further.
Notably, the press conference was organized by State Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization (SOTTO) J&K at Conference Hall, Super Speciality Hospital Jammu in presence of Dr Elias Sharma, HoD Urology & Renal Transplant and Nodal Officer SOTTO J&K, Ashwini Khajuria, Administrator Dr. Manoj Chalotra, Medical Superintendent, Superspeciality Hospital, Dr. Kailash Thakur, Assistant Professor Surgery and Dr. Raju Bhandari, Consultant Nephrologist, GMC Jammu—(KNO)