The Union minister for health and family welfare, Dr Harsh Vardhan visiting the National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization (NOTTO), at the Safdarjung hospital, in New Delhi
Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union health minister, has called for total, Information Technology-guided transparency in the interface between the organ donor and recipient when the National Organ and Tissue Transplantation Organization (NOTTO) becomes operational.
After a visit to the Safdarjung Hospital, where NOTTO is housed on two floors of the Pathology Building, the minister said, "There will be no VIP quotas and no recommendations from officers will be entertained. Every life is worth protecting and the spirit of the movement is not to be mocked."
A general waiting list will be maintained. Once a brain-stem dead patient's consent is available, a state-of-the-art retrieval, matching and transplantation operation will swing into action. A patient who registered his name for the waiting list will be given a number which will not change even if he admits himself to another hospital later.
NOTTO's web portal will be fully operational, and in the first phase will cover kidney cases within the next 10 days. The second phase is expected to cover some more body parts and will be operationalized in six months.
The Rs 149 crore National Organ and Tissue Transplantation Program will have NOTTO at its apex. There would also be Regional Organ and Tissue Transplantation Organizations at Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai, Chandigarh, and Guwahati. Six state level organizations are also planned at the new All India Institutes of Medical Sciences at Patna, Jodhpur, Rishikesh, Raipur, Bhubaneswar, and Bhopal.