Cuttack, March 19 (LocalWire): MOTHER (Multi Organ Transplantation and Human & Educational Research), a non-profit organization established in 2007, has been instrumental in promoting organ donation, transplant and medical research.
In an exclusive interview with LocalWire, managing trustee of MOTHER T.N. Panda said: “Besides promoting kidney transplants at SCB Medical College, his organization had also opened a five-bedded ICU and a dialysis unit in Capital Hospital.
“It forced the state government to bring suitable amendments in Human Organ Act 1994 and Odisha Anatomy Act 1975 in 2011 and 2013 respectively.”
While building consensus for the cause in the state, it faced two major hindrances – lack of facilities in hospitals and medical laws, Panda said.
According to him, organs once operated from a donor, need to be transplanted immediately.
Testing facilities before a transplant are also cumbersome and not easily available.
After concerted efforts, MOTHER could initiate the first testing facility at Apollo Hospitals in 2015.
Comparing the transplant facilities available in India with other countries, Panda said, “The transplantation rate in India is way below that of European nations like Spain, United Kingdom, Germany and other Scandinavian countries.”
He said awareness about the procedure is his NGO’s top priority, and is asking the government to include organ transplantation in school curriculum, similar to Maharashtra schools.