The Telegraph
Saturday , November 16 , 2013
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Double health booster
Doorstep relief for kidney patients

Come March 2014, patients in need of kidney transplantation would not have to head for metropolitan cities. Patna Medical College and Hospital would be their destination.

Deepak Kumar, principal secretary, health, told The Telegraph on Friday: “Kidney transplantation would be available at PMCH within three to four months. We have formed a committee under the director-in-chief, health, Surendra Prasad, to verify whether the requisite infrastructure and manpower is available for starting the facility at PMCH or not. If it finds any deficiency, we would start working to make it available.”

Sources said some private hospitals have carried out the kidney transplant surgeries once or twice a few years ago but doctors stopped that because of legal barriers involved. Now that the state government has notified the rules related to the Transplantation of Human Organs Act, 2002, there is no legal barrier preventing doctors from conducting kidney transplantation.

The principal secretary said the committee formed under Surendra Prasad has been given the responsibility of checking the necessary facilities in both government and private hospitals for carrying out any transplantation. Both government and private hospitals need to take the permission of this committee for starting any kind of transplantation in their institution.

Sources said the committee visited PMCH on Thursday to check the facilities there. It would give its report to the principal secretary after which further decisions would be taken.

PMCH superintendent Amar Kant Jha claimed that the hospital had all requisite facilities for starting renal transplantation except the tissue matching test.

Yashwant Singh, head of PMCH’s nephrology department, said: “We would ask the health department to grant us permission for getting the tissue matching test done from hospitals like PGI, Chandigarh, PGI, Lucknow or AIIMS-Delhi.”


Tissue matching test facility (to check tissues of prospective donor and recipient)

Twin operation theatres (one in which the kidney could be removed from the donor and another where it could be implanted in the recipient)

Availability of trained anaesthetic

Dialysis facility for the patient undergoing the surgery l Separate ward for keeping patients for at least two months l Round-the-clock availability of doctors and paramedical staff