India performs the second largest number of transplants in the world, next only to USA, revealed Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan during the 10th organ donation day celebrations held in New Delhi on Saturday evening. The latest figures released by National Organ & Tissue Transplant Organization (NOTTO) shows that Maharashtra has been the most significant contributor in leading India to this position. The state even surpassed Tamil Nadu and Telangana — which used to be the top performers earlier.
In the same function, the health minister felicitated several families of donors to recognize the noble act of organ donation. Gondia’s Radheshyam Rahangdale, who took decision to donate organs of his six-year-old daughter Rivyani and gifted life to six people, was also felicitated on the occasion.
“It was an emotional moment for me. My daughter is living in six people even after her death which is really a great feeling. It was proud moment too as I hail from Maharashtra which is presently number one in organ donation activity,” said Rahangdale while speaking to TOI.
Between November 2018 and October 31, 2019, total 446 organs were allocated from the state. Including those received from the other states, total 449 transplants were carried out. Total 193 brainstem deaths were identified and 153 of them were converted for transplant. Maharashtra is followed by Telangana (117) and Tamil Nadu (93).
The Regional Organ & Tissue Transplant Organization and State Organ & Tissue Transplant Organization (ROTTO-SOTTO), four zonal transplant coordination centres (ZTCCs) in the state and associated NGOs conducted 387 awareness activities in the state during this period. Maharashtra also has 100% compliance for registration of transplant centres. The state has assisted Gujarat, Goa and the union territories of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu with the setting up of their SOTTOs, training and drafting of guidelines during this year.
“Maharashtra has taken a lead in organ donation activity from the last three to four years. Awareness about this noble cause is increasing in masses and state is continuously increasing its tally from last three years,” said Dr Ravi Wankhede, former secretary of the ZTCC, Nagpur.
Recently, the Indian transplant newsletter also appreciated Maharashtra for its performance.-Times Of India