The gap between organ donors and the requirement of organs is at a consistent high. Donating the organs of your loved ones who have passed is one noble way of honouring their memory while also giving someone ailing a new life. Even with awareness programmes and easy ways to donate organs, very few take this step.
To encourage more people to donate the organs of deceased family members, the Union Health Ministry has sent recommendations to the Maharashtra State Health Department to offer rewards for organ donations. This includes giving a cash prize of Rs 50,000 to the hospital where the organ is retrieved and a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh to Rs 5 lakh to the family of the donor. This prize will be given every year for five years.
The ministry has also suggested that the recipient of the organs get the immunosuppressant medicines free of cost for a fixed period.
Recipients of organs have to take the medicines so that their body adjusts to the foreign organs.
Dr Sanjeev Kamble, Director, Health Services told Pune Mirror, “We have received guidelines and recommendations from the Union health ministry about the changes to be made in the organ donation programme. The aim behind this is to boost organ donation so that people come forward. The state has to appoint a committee, which will submit the proposal to the government about the recommendations.
They have also sent suggestions for the infrastructure and equipment required to facilitate the organ donation programme. The new technological upgrade will help increase the success rate of organ donation.”
A meeting of concerned ministries and authorities will be held in July to finalise the recommendations to boost organ donations in India.
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Dr Gauri Rathod, Assistant Director, Health Services told the publication, “In the first week of July, a special meeting will be held between all stakeholders during which we are going to take the decision on the recommendations and send it to the ministry. Although the ministry has sent the recommendation, the state does not want to give any cash reward for the programme to any stakeholder but will look for other ways to reward them.”
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)