Health minister Vishwajit Rane announced that Goa will soon have its own registry for the deceased donor transplant program. He also said that the government has decided to recognize Manipal Hospital at Dona Paula for organ transplant in the state. He made the announcement after a meeting with chairman Manipal group Ranjan Pai, senior officials of the group, Abhay Jain and Dr B Ballal, and senior state government officials. Rane said he also discussed the status of SOTTO (State Organ Tissue Transplant Organization), an initiative of the government of Goa, which is in its final stage of implementation. The governing and executive bodies will be notified in two to three days, adding that patients in end-stage kidney, liver and heart failure and those with corneal blindness will benefit from the program.
At the Goa Medical College, the process will be set in motion for setting up labs and other facilities for the organ transplant program, a source said. Rane said that for better healthcare, Manipal hospital will be recognized by the state government for organ transplant and also under the Mediclaim and the Deen Dayal Swasthya Seva Yojana (DDSSY). “We have assured them our support for all their activities in the state,” he said. While the Manipal hospital’s application has been pending with directorate of health services for about two years, a few months ago the health minister had stated that he would not grant permission for organ transplant at the hospital. Manipal hospital’s attempt to facilitate cadaveric transplant, a first in the state, had backfired. – TOI