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Chandigarh's GMCH-32 gets nod for cadaveric organ retrieval

Chandigarh's GMCH-32 gets nod for cadaveric organ retrieval

Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32. File photo



Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 29

In a significant stride towards enhancing organ transplant programme, the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, has received approval for organ retrieval from deceased patients.

Prof Vipin Koushal, Medical Superintendent and Nodal Officer for Regional Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (North), highlighted the importance of the GMCH, Sector 32, being registered as an organ and tissue retrieval centre.

This milestone is anticipated to bolster the deceased organ donation programme in the city. Professor Koushal emphasised that through awareness campaigns and effective counselling, the centre can play a pivotal role in transforming potential donors into actual donors, providing a second chance at life for those awaiting organ transplants.

At present, there are 20 state organ and tissue transplant organisations (SOTTOs) and five regional organ and tissue transplant organisations (ROTTOs). The PGI operates as one of these ROTTOs in the northern region. The move is expected to contribute significantly to the existing infrastructure, addressing the growing demand for organ transplants in the region.

With 80% of transplants relying on live donations, the inclusion of cadaveric donations is crucial to broaden the donor pool. The inclusion of cadaveric donations diversifies the sources of organs, significantly increasing the pool of available organs for transplant. This expansion is crucial for patients who may not have suitable living donors.

To play pivotal role in finding donors

Prof Vipin Koushal, Medical Superintendent and Nodal Officer for Regional Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (North), said through awareness campaigns and effective counselling, the GMCH-32 centre could play a pivotal role in transforming potential donors into actual donors, providing a second chance at life for those awaiting organ transplants.

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