In a bid to boost Zonal Transplant Coordination Committees (ZTCC) in Maharashtra the state government has proposed to give each of the four ZTCCs a sum of Rs 61,000 per month. Currently, they run on donations from institutions and individuals. The ZTCC is a non-profit NGO which works to improve organ donation procedures and increase awareness about organ donation in the state.
The four ZTCC centres are situated in Mumbai-Thane region, Pune, Nagpur and Aurangabad. The primary duties of the ZTCC are to ensure fair distribution of cadaver organs in the city, and create awareness about organ donation. ‘While Mumbai ZTCC is somehow managing with donations, the other ZTCCs are very low profile. We want to make their functioning efficient so that it boosts the organ donation campaign all over the state,’ said Dr Kempi Patil, assistant director, DHS in charge of implementation of Human Organ Transplantation Act (HOTA). Dr Patil said that it could take about two months for the proposal to be cleared by the state.
‘This is the usual costing of the ZTCC. A sum from the state government will help us run the office smoothly, and pay the salaries of the two people we employ. We can also boost our awareness campaign,’ said Dr Sujata Patwardhan, secretary, ZTCC Mumbai. The two employees include a transplant co-ordinator and a data entry operator to maintain the list of patients who need organ transplants. The state also intends to increase donations by registering non-organ transplant organ retrieval centres. While organ transplanting won’t be feasible in these centres they will be able to retrieve organs from brain dead patients.
Former Maha CM Vilasrao Deshmukh’s death while waiting for an organ donor has really increased awareness about organ donation in the state. It is estimated that around 200,000 kidneys and 100,000 livers are needed every year in India and only about 2-3% get it. By conservative estimates about 90,000 Indians die in road accidents every year and 40% of those people are left ‘brain dead’. That’s enough to take care of 50% of all organ demands.