Health Minister Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya has said that organ implantation facilities will be available in all the hospitals of the country by the end of 2024. He said, the Central Government will also provide financial assistance to the hospitals. Addressing a mega organ pledge event in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, Dr Mandaviya said, the Government will also impart training to all the doctors for this. He said, apart from this, the Government will give ten thousand rupees per month to buy medicine for those poor people who get organs implanted.Dr Atul Goel, Director General of Health Services; Shri Vishal Chauhan, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry; Smt. Ankita Mishra Bundela, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry; Dr Anil Kumar, Director, National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO), Dr M Srinivas, Director, AIIMS New Delhi; Dr Basant Garg, Addl. CEO, National Health Authority (NHA) and senior officials of the Union Health Ministry and the Uttar Pradesh Government were present on the occasion.
Dr. Mandaviya also led the pledge for Organ Donation under the Ayushman Bhav campaign. Around ten thousand people are expected to take the pledge to donate organs in Agra.On the occasion, Minister of State for Health S P Singh Baghel said, that out of a ten lakh population, less than one percent opt for organs. Mr Baghel said, he has also taken a pledge to donate his organ. He said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had mentioned organ donation in his Mann Ki Baat program on Akashvani and inspired them to organise this mega organ donation pledge event. He said, there is a demand for five lakh kidneys in the country.
A person after his death can give new life to eight people by donating vital organs like Kidneys, Liver, Lungs, Heart, and cornea. During the programme, Dr. Mandaviya inaugurated a super specialty block at Sarojini Naidu Medical College, Agra, and an organ donation registry. He also laid the foundation stone for 23 Integrated Public Health Labs, and 87 Block Public Health Units.Union Health Minister Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya led a pledge for Organ Donation at the GIC Ground, in Agra today, in the presence of Prof. SP Singh Baghel, Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare and Shri Brajesh Pathak, Deputy Chief Minister and Minister of Medical Education, Uttar Pradesh who joined virtually. Shri Yogendra Upadhyay, Minister of Higher Education, Uttar Pradesh and Smt. Baby Rani Maurya, Minister of Women’s Welfare, Child Development and Nutrition, Uttar Pradesh were also present. Around 8,000 people took the pledge to donate organs in Agra on the occasion.
Addressing the gathering, Dr Mandaviya said that there can be no greater service to mankind that donating organs to save another life. He gave a clarion call to “donate blood when alive and donate organs after death”.Underlining the need for regular medicines and check-up after organ transplant, the Union Minister said that “the government has decided to give financial assistance of Rs 10,000 per month to all the poor people undergoing organ transplant”. “Arrangements will also be made for their regular check-ups”, he further stated. He also informed that by the end of 2024, arrangements for organ retrieval will be made in all the hospitals and medical colleges of the country.
The Union Health Minister also inaugurated a super specialty block at Sarojini Naidu Medical College, Agra, and an organ donation registry. To register to donate organs, the only requirements are the Aadhar number, and the Aadhar linked mobile number. He also laid the Foundation Stone for 23 Integrated Public Health Labs, and 87 Block Public Health Units in Agra on same day.Dr Mandaviya highlighted that the super speciality block at Sarojini Naidu Medical College (SNMC) is constructed in an area of 7,890 sq. meter at a cost of Rs. 200 crores. He stated that the facility in SNMC will cater to around 3 crore people in not only Agra but also 11 districts and two surrounding states. He also informed that the super speciality block at SNMC will include services like neuro surgery, neurology, gastroenterology, gastro surgery, urology, nephrology, cardiology etc.
Dr Mandaviya also said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, India has taken several landmark initiatives to increase the healthcare workforce as well as to improve and expand healthcare infrastructure in the country.Through a video message, Shri Yogi Adityanath said that the government under the leadership of Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has always given utmost importance to health and wellbeing of citizens. Appreciating the organ donation pledge initiative, he said that “donating one organ can give a new lease of life to another person”. He encouraged the gathering to take the pledge to donate their organs so that the message reverberates across the country.Prof S P Singh Baghel highlighted the importance of organ donation in saving the lives of people. Regretting that only 2% people in the country are able to get access to organ implants in the country, he stated that he and his family members have also taken the pledge to donate their organs and urged everyone to do the same.