Health Ministry issues Draft Guidelines for Kidney Donors

Taking another major step towards easing rules and procedures to encourage organ donation among the masses, the National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO) under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has issued draft guidelines for Allocation Criteria for Deceased Donor Kidney Transplant, today. The draft guidelines have been posted on the website of NOTTO- and comments/suggestions/views have been invited to fine tune the guidelines. These may be sent to the Director, NOTTO at [email protected] by 16th January 2016.

Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Sh. JP Nadda said, “This initiative reflects our commitment to promote organ donation in the country. We willfinalisethese guidelines after we receive various suggestions and comments on these draft guidelines. Once finalised, these guidelines will go a long way in promoting organ donation in the country.”

The draft guidelines include issues such as:

–          recipient registration, listing and scoring system in the waiting list

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–          scoring system for making priority

–          allocation principles

–          allocation algorithm, including  criteria for urgent listing, and

–          inter-state issues

A list of the government and non-government hospitals in Delhi along with those in the neighboring area of the NCR (Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Noida) have also been listed in the draft guidelines. The hospitals in the NCR cities will be included in the networking along with hospitals of Delhi for the purpose of organ sharing and allocation with the concurrence and MOU with the respective State Governments and institutions in due course of time.

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