Monday, December 12, 2016

Aircraft carrying organs to now get top priority

Aircraft carrying human cadaveric organs for transplant will be allowed to take off and land on a priority basis, according to the first set of standard operating procedures (SOPs) drafted by the Bureau of Civic Aviation Security (BCAS) to facilitate quick transportation of organs.
It also states that organs could be exempted from X-ray screening to avoid radiation exposure. Stakeholders are upset that there is no mention of capping the airfares, that is often arbitrary, exorbitant, and currently the biggest hurdle in organ sharing within cities and between states.
The SOPs prepared by the aviation ministry in collaboration with the National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization (NOTTO) is the first attempt to standardise practices for transportation of human organs by air across the country.
12/12/16 Sumitra Debroy/The Times Of India
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