Talk on kidney transplantation

Out of one lakh patients who need kidney transplants in the country, only 5,000 are fortunate, according to kidney transplant surgeon and vice-chairman of KIMS Hospital in Hyderabad, Dr Sarbeswar Sahariah.

By ALI FAUZ HASSAN in Guwahati
  • Published 24.05.18
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Guwahati: Out of one lakh patients who need kidney transplants in the country, only 5,000 are fortunate, according to kidney transplant surgeon and vice-chairman of KIMS Hospital in Hyderabad, Dr Sarbeswar Sahariah.

The Padma Shri awardee, who hails from Mangaldoi district of Assam, was delivering a talk on "Evolution of organ donation and transplantation in India" organised by the University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya, here on Wednesday.

"About four lakh new patients develop organ failure every year in India. Of them, 1.5 lakh suffer from chronic kidney aliments and less than 5 per cent patients get kidney transplants. While 15 to 20 per cent kidney patients undergo dialysis, the rest die without treatment. Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure are the two main causes of kidney failure," Sahariah said.

According to him, organ transplantation has become the most accepted mode of treatment for patients with terminal organ failure throughout the world for a better quality of life and increase in longevity.

"However, awareness on organ donation is very low even among the educated class in India. The potential cadaver donors have head injuries because of accidents, brain haemorrhage, ischemic brain injuries and inoperable brain tumours," he added.