PANAJI: (GMC), which got approval to set up the State Organ Tissue Transplant Organisation (SOTTO) in May, already has a wait list for cadaveric kidney transplants. It has obtained permissions for setting up of a lymphocyte crossmatch laboratory for renal transplantation, and a crossmatching facility for organ transplant. The two facilities, besides a wait list of persons in need of an organ, are mandatory for conducting cadaveric transplant.

Dean GMC Dr Pradeep Naik has filed an affidavit before the high court of Bombay at Goa detailing steps taken by them to have the SOTTO set-up ready. The public interest litigation (PIL) writ petition filed by voluntary organisation Mango Foundation had brought out the “delays” in setting up of the SOTTO in the GMC.

The government has granted permission to appoint Dr S R Kankonkar as consultant for HLA tissue typing cross matching laboratory, cytogenic and other molecular diagnostic procedure laboratory.

Besides, since the permission for SOTTO came through, some doctors at GMC have undergone training.

Naik in his affidavit informed the court that transplant coordinator training was conducted for some doctors. Assistant professor, department of anaesthesiology, Dr Viraj Namshikar will be sent as transplant coordinator to KEM hospital, Mumbai for short-term training along with three staff nurses. Consultant, department of pathology, Dr Suresh Mandrekar has already under gone for training in tissue typing to SGPGI, Lucknow.

Naik also told the court that state coordination committee for organ donation and transplant programme was constituted in March.

Initial funding for setting up a SOTTO comes from the Union ministry of health and family welfare. For this a memorandum of understanding (MoU) has to be signed between the state and central government. Goa government has signed the MoU in June and forwarded it to the centre. A response is awaited, the affidavit said.

The GMC has allotted two rooms for setting up the SOTTO office and its medical superintendent Dr S M Bandekar was appointed nodal officer for SOTTO.

Advocate Wilbur Menezes, who appeared for Mango Foundation, said they are happy with the government’s response so far.

The matter will come up for hearing next on August 21.

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