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TN Health Minister: State Honours Announcement Increases Organ Donations and Awareness

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Transplant Authority of Tamil Nadu

The Transplant Authority of Tamil Nadu (Transtan) has seen a significant increase in organ donations after the government announced state honours for deceased donors. Health minister Ma Subramanian stated that at least 26 donations have taken place in the last 55 days in the state, with state representatives according state honours to each of these departed souls.

Organ Donation

One such case was 26-year-old A Kaliamurthy of Villupuram, whose organs were donated by his family members. His parents, both retired government employees, made the decision to donate his organs after he was declared brain dead. The hospital staff at Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGH) gave an “honour walk” as a mark of respect to the departed soul, whose kidneys were allocated to a chronic renal failure patient in Government Stanley Medical College Hospital, and heart and liver retained at RGGH for patients there. The eyes were donated to the Government Ophthalmic Hospital in Egmore.

State Honours for Organ Donors

In September, Chief Minister M K Stalin announced that the state honors would be accorded to organ donors. This announcement has led to an increase in voluntary online registrations for organ donations. Since September, 2,890 people have pledged their organs, compared to 8,234 people who had pledged their organs online until September 23. This increase in awareness about organ donation offers hope to the more than 7,000 people who are on the organ donation waiting list, according to Subramanian.

Waiting List

According to Transtan, there are 6,629 patients waitlisted for kidney transplants, 465 for liver transplants, 68 for lung transplants, 80 for heart transplants, 25 for heart and lung transplants, 26 for hand transplants, and 42 for kidney and liver transplants, as well as other various organ needs.

FAQs

What is the impact of the state honours announcement on organ donations?

The state honours announcement has led to a significant increase in organ donations in Tamil Nadu, providing hope and life-saving opportunities for those on the waiting list for organ transplants.

How many people have pledged their organs since the state honours announcement?

Since September, 2,890 people have pledged their organs, compared to 8,234 people who had pledged their organs online until September 23.

How many people are currently on the organ donation waiting list in Tamil Nadu?

According to Transtan, there are more than 7,000 people who are on the organ donation waiting list in Tamil Nadu.

Conclusion

Overall, the efforts to increase awareness and recognition for organ donation in Tamil Nadu have led to an increase in donations, providing hope and life-saving opportunities for those on the waiting list for organ transplants.

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