Hamidia hospital will soon become the first government transplant centre in the state as kidney transplants will be done here from January 2020, said sources. Gandhi Medical College (GMC) dean Dr TN Dubey has given the go-ahead to start organ transplants based on an inspection report from experts from Indore’s MGM Medical College.
Till now, organ donations have only been conducted in private healthcare facilities. With government hospitals coming into the zone, the retrieval of organs would be done at government hospitals. First right of use of the organ is also with the retrieval hospital. Moreover, the process of organ donation is expected to be far more transparent.
Effectively, the largest tertiary care hospital will have the first government-run transplant centre in the state. Preparations are underway to start kidney transplants from January. Currently, live kidney transplant facility is available at the hospital. Cadaveric kidney transplant facility from brain dead patients is expected to now begin, with authorisation from the dean.
Over the last few weeks, experts from MGM Medical College, Indore, have inspected the set-up at Hamidia hospital. The team reviewed the condition of operation theatres, intensive care unit and other facilities in the government hospital. A thorough check-up of testing facilities and sterilisation activity was undertaken.
Principal secretary, medical education, Sheo Shekhar Shukla, gave the go-ahead for starting the transplant centre, budgetary approvals for OT and ICU and sanction of posts.
Bhopal divisional commissioner, Kalpana Shrivastava, as head of GMC’s autonomous body, prepared the groundwork before inspection facilities.
Earlier in 2018, AIIMS-Delhi had agreed to provide mentorship for setting up of an organ donation facility in the hospital. Hamidia hospital nephrologist Dr Himanshu Sharma, along with support of other doctors, has been working to make transplant services a reality at the hospital.
Dr Sharma said that it would take about one-and-a-half months to start transplants after getting the recognition. Before a transplant, there are many big tests that both a kidney donor and recipient need to undergo. All this takes time. After all parameters are clear, it takes about a week to 15 days to get permission for transplant. Statements, affidavits and other details of donor and kidney taker have to be approved.-Times Of India