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Mansukh Mandaviya reviewed Organ Donation Policy with senior officers of Health Ministry, New Delhi

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Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya on 3rd May 2023, Wednesday, reviewed the Organ Donation Policy with senior officers of the Health Ministry in New Delhi.

After the review, Dr. Mandaviya said that far sighted structural changes are in the offing to reform the organ donation and organ transplant sector. He directed to officials for imbibing learnings from International Standards. Minister of state for Health and Family Welfare Dr. Bharti Pravin Pawar was also present in the meeting.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called upon the countrymen to come forward for the noble cause of organ donation for saving lives of fellow human beings in the 99th episode of “Man Ki Baat” Programme. This has given a fresh impetus to organ donation in the country.

The Health Ministry said that the number of total organ transplants in the country has substantially increased from less than five thousand in the year 2013 to more than 15 thousand in the year 2022. 

Now, more organs per deceased donor are being utilized due to better coordination through the network of Organ and Tissues Transplant Organizations at National (NOTTO), Regional (ROTTO) and State level (SOTTO). The Ministry informed, in the year 2016, 2265 organs were utilized from 930 deceased donors while 2765 could be utilized from 904 deceased donors in the year 2022.

NOTTO is working on a Transplant Manual as a step by step guide for implementation of Organ Donation and Transplantation Programme in the Hospitals and also on a Standard Course for training of Transplant Coordinators. Recently, the Government of India has granted Special Casual Leaves of up to 42 days to Central Government Employees, who donate an organ to another human being, as a special welfare measure in public interest.

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