Staff Reporter

BHUBANESWAR: The Orissa government is contemplating bringing changes to the guidelines related to organ donation and transplantation. “Departmental officials and doctors have been asked to study the best practices available in other States regarding organ donation and transplantation so that we could improve our own norms,” said State Health Minister Prasanna Acharya while taking part in a function marking celebration of third anniversary of a city-based organisation, Multi Organ Transplantation and Human and Education and Research (MOTHER) here on Sunday.

Mr. Acharya said the authorisation committee, recommending body on organ donation and transplantation, was recently reconstituted by taking a majority of its members from doctors’ fraternity. Although the State government claims to be doing its bit in this critical healthcare area, experts and pressure groups are not happy at the pace with which health administration is moving to deal with crisis in the field.

“Rules of Transplantation of Human Organs Act-1994 (THOA-94) were notified by Indian government in 1995. Even though the same were adopted by States like Maharastra, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh in 1995 itself, Orissa adopted in 1998 and necessary committees like authorisation committee and appropriate authority were constituted only in 2001,” said T. N. Panda, managing trustee of the organisation. MOTHER has been promoting organ donation and transplantation (cadaveric donation) in the State for the past three years.