Sunday, November 21, 2021

Spl organ air ambulance can end logistics problems

Nagpur: Though the brave parents of 18-year-old Tirth Shah, who died of brain haemorrhage in Nagpur on November 17, were ready to donate his heart and lungs, both the vital organs could not be retrieved and transplanted because of the logistical issues.The heart was allotted to a patient in Chennai hospital, but the recipient was not in a condition to pay for the air ambulance to transport the organ. The pair of lungs was allotted to a hospital in Secunderabad, but it was rejected by the hospital, also due to logistics problem.

TOI asked experts in the field of organ donation about how grievous is the logistics problem and what the probable solution is.

“Chennai and Secunderabad centres could not utilize the organs for their registered recipients as the transportation cost was beyond their reach,” said Dr Vibhavari Dani, president of Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre (ZTCC), Nagpur. The ZTCC maintains centralised waiting lists for various organ recipients, and ensures equitable allocation of organs.

“The time has now come to mull over this logistical cost hindrance, especially at government level. Serious rethinking is necessary for lowering such costs to save lives of the needy from the underprivileged sections of the society,” said Dr Dani.

According to Dr Sancheti, Air India, soon to be owned by the Tata group, can station one small plane at three or four metropolitan cities in India.

“These flights should take off only for organ retrieval and transport activity. The recipient will pay fuel and operational cost of the flight. There would be no need to hire a costly chartered flight for them. It will curtail huge expenses and make organ transplant affordable,” Dr Sancheti added.

21/11/21 CHaitanya Deshpande/Times of India

To Read the News in full at Source, Click the Headline


Post a Comment