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Green Corridor for organ donation

AGE CORRESPONDENT
Published : Aug 21, 2016, 1:43 am IST
Updated : Aug 21, 2016, 1:43 am IST

A committee appointed by the state government to determine the standard operating procedure (SOP) for the human organ transplant will also work out the policy for the formation of a Green Corridor to

A committee appointed by the state government to determine the standard operating procedure (SOP) for the human organ transplant will also work out the policy for the formation of a Green Corridor to facilitate organ donation.

The state government has formed a 16-member committee headed by health minister Dr Deepak Sawant to prepare the SOP under the Human Organ Transplant Act 1994.

Following the kidney transplant scam in Hiranandani Hospital at Powai, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had directed the formation of a committee to decide the SOP for human organ transplant.

The scope of the committee will be to determine the SOP for the easy and transparent transplantation of kidneys and other organs; to make available information of organ donors online and to develop procedure and computer system for scrutinising documents; to prepare the policy for creating Green Corridor to facilitate organ donation; to suggest measures for the easy and rapid organ transplantation and to decide on providing lifetime medical assistance to the family of brain dead patients.

Along with officials from the health department, the committee consists of medical experts like Dr Avinash Supe, dean of KEM Hospital; Dr Umesh Ojha, president of Indian Society of Organ Transplantation; Dr Sujata Patwardhan from Zonal Transplant Co-ordination Centre; gynaecologist Dr Rekha Davar and Bombay Hospital nephrologist Dr Kripalani.

The city has been rocked by the recent kidney transplant racket in LH Hiranandani Hospital, in which five doctors were arrested and later granted bail by the metropolitan magistrate. The court has ordered the doctors to report to the police station every Monday evening till September 26 and also barred them from leaving the country without the court’s permission.

The lid was blown off the racket on July 14 when social worker Suresh Gupta, some political activists and members of a trade union stopped a kidney transplant operation midway since the donor and the recipient were allegedly found to be a fake couple.

Since then, a total of 14 persons have been arrested in connection with the racket at the reputed Hiranandani Hospital.