A Rise in Green Corridors for Speedy Organ Transport in Maharashtra
The number of green corridors has increased in Maharashtra over the last few years to ensure speedy transport of donated organs to patients requiring a transplant. The number of green corridors increased from four in 2016 to 18 in 2018 in Mumbai. And 11 green corridors have already helped speed up transportation of organs so far this year in 2019. “The increase in the number of green corridors shows that the process of organ donation and transplantation has become a lot more efficient. From merely allocating the organs within the city, the Zonal Transplant Coordination Centres are ensuring that the organs are utilised in the best possible way by reaching out to other cities and States depending on the availability of recipients,” said Dr. Astrid Lobo Gajiwala, who heads the Regional Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation in Mumbai.
Pune has also seen a consistent rise in the number of green corridors, from seven in 2015 to 35 in 2018. Pune alone has created 21 green corridors to transport organs from January to June 2019. In a rare feat in 2018, a liver was transported from Aurangabad to Nagpur, covering nearly 600 kms through green corridors created by the districts en route. An article published in the Indian Journal of Transplantation in 2018 said setting up a green corridor is a tedious process due to the involvement of multiple stakeholders. The donor institute has to coordinate with different State police authorities, airport authorities, airport security, Central Industrial Security Force and the recipient institute, all within the possible shortest duration to keep the organ viable.
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- Keywords: Green corridor, organ transportation, Tissue Transplant Organisation