Mumbai : The state government is in process of formulating a comprehensive policy on Green Corridor whereby retrieval and transportation of organs harvested from brain dead patients is done within specified time.

The policy seeks to iron out hurdles faced with the police over jurisdiction issues, obtaining necessary No Objection Certificates (NOCs) and creating a Green Corridor for smooth passage of Ambulances carrying harvested organs, top officials of the state health administration have said.

The state has a wait list for Cadaver transplants of about 2,000 and faces several hurdles in actual transplants.

The process of retrieving and harvesting an organ is not a cakewalk for the doctors and transplant coordinators come across huge challenges for carrying out a successful organ donation. Starting from identifying a brain-dead patient to counselling the potential donor’s relatives and getting No-Objection Certificate (NOC) from police, doctors have to deal with all these issues to give someone a new lease of life.

Anirudha Kulkarni, transplant coordinator at Jupiter Hospital said, “We have to be on our toes throughout the process of organ donation. The biggest challenge we come across is getting an NOC from the police which consumes nearly four to five hours as the police has to complete all the formalities and conduct an investigation wherein the relatives are asked about the organ donation.

We have to deal with different police officers to whom we have to explain even the small details and the entire procedure which is time-consuming and tedious.”

Following this, transplant coordinators said that the appointment of nodal officers will bring a huge relief to them as they will have to deal with one police official who will be aware about organ donation and green corridor.

With civic hospitals facing lack of counsellors and transplant coordinators, they are unable to identify a brain-dead patient and convert it in to a cadaver donation. “The appointment of nodal officers and counsellors will be a huge boost for the process of organ donation wherein our difficulties will be reduced,” added Kulkarni.

Health minister Dr Deepak Sawant on Thursday held the first meeting with representatives of government hospitals, private hospitals, police officials, traffic police, BMC officials and medical experts to discuss the policy

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