Chief Minister Dr.K.Rosaiah address at ‘ISOT 2010’ on
Organ Transplantation at Hotel Marriot, Hyderabad on 21-10-2010
Dr.Gopalkishan, President, ISOT
Dr.Marwan Asad Masri, President, Asian Transplantation
Dr.Sahariah, Organizing Secretary
Dr.Sandeep Gularia, Secretary, ISOT
And participants from various parts of the country
Media friends and other friends attending this Indian
Society of Organ Transplantation (ISOT 2010).
I am happy to be with all of you at this very important
function which is being held here in Hyderabad. Hyderabad has become a centre
in the country for holding national and international seminars, and various
deliberations are going on every day.
4 lakh patients are suffering in India on account of
irreversible organ failures involving Kidney, Heart, Liver, pancreas and lungs.
A lot of these patients could lead healthy life if they had the opportunity of
Majority of end stage organ failure patients in India die
within months after diagnosis because the organ replacement therapy is not
easily available or is very expensive. In several cases, the patients die
because there are no donors to donate the organ.
Sushrutha in the 2nd Century BC had transplanted Skin for
reconstructing Nose. This great achievement by an ancient Indian surgeon is
quoted even in the latest books of Plastic Surgery. Even in the modern era,
Indian Doctors are not lagging behind in the Organ Transplantation. Over 6000
Transplantations are being done annually in India. However, this is a mere 2%
of the actual requirement, which stands at 3 lakhs.
The main problem in the Transplantation Medicine is the
non-availability of Organs. Organs can be taken from the living individuals and
transplanted to the patients suffering from organ failure. However this
procedure is limited by the fact that not many living individuals are willing
to come forward for organ donation.
There are more than thirty (30) Organ Transplant Centres
in Andhra Pradesh. Andhra Pradesh has been one of the States where highest
number of Organ Transplantations is being done.
It is sad that occasionally we hear about unethical issues
in the field of transplantation, involving trading in human organs. This
practice should be severely curbed by the society.
The best method for improving the availability of
transplantation and also stopping the unethical issues like organ trafficking
is to establish a robust Cadaver Donor Transplantation Programme. Though
Cadaver Transplantation in India was permitted since 1994, the number of
cadaver transplants in India and also in Andhra Pradesh has not increased
significantly, primarily because of lack of a centralized coordinating agency
and due to absence of streamlined procedures for facilitating and regulating
Government of Andhra Pradesh is determined to promote the
Cadaver Transplantation in a big way. We have therefore recently designed a
scheme and structure that can address all issues related to Cadaver
Transplantation. This scheme is named as Jeevandaan (connoting Donation of
The heart of Jeevandaan scheme is the A.P.Network for
Organ Sharing. It will have the entire infrastructure necessary for providing
24/7 services to donors, recipients, Hospitals, NGO’s and general public.
Several hospitals in AP are proposed to be registered as
Organ Transplantation Centres and Non-transplanting Organ Harvesting Centers
under the Jeevandaan Scheme. Through this we are planning to improve the Donor
Jeevandaan Scheme enables sharing the real time
information about the availability of organs and allocating to the needy
patients. This is proposed to be achieved by the establishment of a portal.
Promotion of cadaver transplantation will enhance the
availability of organs and help the needy patients. There is lot to be done by
NGO’s in promoting Cadaver as well as living organ Transplants, thereby helping
the suffering humanity.
I am sure that this Program will bring about the required
awareness of the importance of pledging and donation of organs in the society.
On behalf of the Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, I assure this
august gathering, the Government will not leave any stone unturned in
popularizing this scheme. We would like to take this scheme to the people and