Calling for a mass movement to promote organ donation, health minister JP Nadda said the gap between organ demand and availability is immense. Though the donation rate has improved, there is a long way to go.
Apart from the health minister and government representatives, experts from public and private healthcare institutions, including those from AIIMS, G B Pant, Ganga Ram Hospital, Fortis and others brainstormed on challenges and hurdles to organ donation.
Nadda said the health ministry is working to bring on board all stakeholders. The government has already created organ donation registries at national, regional and state levels to create a systematic database to facilitate procedures of donation.
“The process has helped online donation and tracking of organ availability but we still need to bridge the gaps. We should understand how we go forward to address issues of retrieval, transplant, transportation, human resource and training etc," Nadda said.
The ministry and the National Organ & Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO) are working on policy frameworks to bring in transparency. "We've come out with guidelines for kidney and heart, now we are finalizing allocation norms for pancreas and intestine," said NOTTO director Dr Vimal Bhandari.
Though organ pledges have increased significantly, states should come adopt the law and guidelines and report data to make the registries more effective, Dr Bhandari said.
Highlighting the need for capacity building and spreading awareness, Nadda said all aspects should be worked on for a smooth and transparent donation mechanism.