The Government has put in place the National Organ Transplant Programme to promote deceased donor's organ donation and to improve the access to the transplantation for needy patients.
Under the programme, an apex-level National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO) has been set up in New Delhi and five Regional Organ and Tissue Transplant Organizations have been established in Chandigarh, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Guwahati.
Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare) Ashwini Kumar Choubey said this in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today. A 24x7 toll-free helpline number -1800114770 has been made operational by NOTTO to disseminates information on Organ donation.
The Government has also released funds to establish State Organ and Tissue Transplant Organizations (SOTTOs) in the States of Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Rajasthan, Haryana, Goa, Jammu and Kashmir, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh. SOTTOs will work as an efficient mechanism for organ and tissue procurement and retrieval and encourage deceased organ and tissue donation.
Several other steps have been taken by the government to improve infrastructure for human organ and tissue retrieval, storage and transplantation in all parts of the country. (AIR NEWS)