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Dy CM bats for organ donation

PANAJI: Stating that what we cannot take should be left behind, Health Minister Francis D’Souza on Friday advocated voluntary donation of body organs.

He was responding to a private member’s resolution moved by Fatorda MLA Vijay Sardesai to recommend to the government that Transplant of Human Organs Act, 1994 be implemented in the state by applying and adapting all subsequent amendments to the act, framing rules and regulations based on the central act, putting in place a deceased donor transplant programme, creating public awareness and adequate medical education for voluntary organisations, medical and para-medical personnel, police and other agencies working in the area, building all necessary infrastructure and taking necessary steps to ensure that the people of the state come forward and are facilitated to donate their eyes and other organs after death to save lives of numerous people who are struggling for survival and require organ transplants to lead normal lives.

D’Souza informed the House that the health department has been working on putting the required infrastructure in place including training of personnel for extraction, storage and transplantation of the organs.

However, since the procedures are time consuming, he said, “The process takes time but once commenced the results are satisfying… It cannot be fast tracked.”

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