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GMC medical superintendent to be state organ transplant body’s nodal officer

Panaji: Dr S M Bandekar, medical superintendent of Goa medical college (GMC) and hospital, Bambolim will be appointed as the nodal officer of state organ and tissue transplant organisation (SOTTO) being set-up at the premier state-run medical facility.

Earlier in March, the national organ and tissue transplant organisation (NOTTO) had approved GMC as a SOTTO, paving the way for cadaveric transplants in Goa. While office space has been allotted for setting up of SOTTO within the GMC premises, officials concerned said they are awaiting a requisition from the hospital. The fund for setting up the organ transplant facility, a GMC official said, will come from NOTTO.

Recently, health minister Vishwajit Rane had announced the expeditation of the establishment of SOTTO after organs – kidneys and liver – retrieved at a private hospital in the state were allotted to patients in Mumbai by the regional organ tissue transplant organisation (ROTTO) as GMC was found lacking in cadaveric transplant facilities.

While GMC has been conducting live kidney transplants, an official said it was preparing to do cadaveric transplants if kidneys were to be allotted to it, but ROTTO’s decision put them on a backfoot.

According to officials, GMC will able to do cadaveric transplants without any hitch once it has a SOTTO setup, thus letting organs retrieved locally be allotted to patients in Goa provided there is a match. [TOI]

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