Tamil Nadu Wins Best State for the 4th time in the Deceased Donation Programme
For the fourth consecutive year, Tamil Nadu bagged the Best State Award in deceased organ donation from the National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO), Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Dr. C. Vijaya Baskar, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Tamil Nadu received the award from the Ministers of State, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ashwini Kumar Choubey and Anupriya Patel during the 9th Indian Organ Donation Day programme in New Delhi on 27th November 2018. Additional Secretary (Health) Mr. Nagarajan and Member Secretary of Transplant Authority of Tamil Nadu (TRANSTAN) R. Kanthimathy were present. Dr. C. Vijaya Baskar in his speech said that TRANSTAN, was a first-of-its-kind initiative in the country. So far, 6886 organs were retrieved from 1198 donors in Tamil Nadu. “We have made the organ allocation process transparent, and this is one of the reasons for continuously doing well. We have participation of NGOs and have taken the programme to tier II cities,” he added. The State consistently has had a high number of organ donors. At 899 organs that were utilised (November 2017 to October 2018), the State has achieved maximum utilisation of donor organs to benefit end-stage organ failure patients, officials said. The year marked the State’s first bilateral hand transplantation at the Government Stanley Medical College Hospital. TRANSTAN coordinated another bilateral hand transplantation at Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Puducherry.
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