Bengaluru: A well-equipped centre for the collection of organs of brain dead donors will start soon at National Institute of Mental Health And Neuro Sciences ( NIMHANs) in Bengaluru. This organ collection centre will be the first of its kind in the state.
Health and Family Welfare Joint Director (Medical) Dr.T S Prabhakar said that a detailed proposal has been submitted to the Health Department Commissioner for a license to start organ collection centre. They may grant it within three-four days, he said and added that organs will be collected here, but they will not be replaced for the needy patients. The organs will be provided to the hospitals which submit a request for the organs for replacement.
There are Neurologists in NIMHANS who treat patients suffering from mental diseases, neuro diseases and those who suffer an injury to head. However, there are no specialists to transplant heart valve, kidney, liver and other important organs. This centre will have a well-equipped centre to store those organs, he said.
NIMHANS Director Dr.B.N. Gangadhar said that the hospital has gained permission to provide heart valve, eye cornea of a brain dead person to the needy patients. The organs will be provided to the people who are waiting in various hospitals, only when the close relatives of the brain-dead person agree to the process.
In NIMHANS every day, on an average 60 to 100 incidents of head injury due to accidents and stroke are registered. So, the doctors feel that there is a strong need for organ donation centre.