GUNTUR: Government hospitals will soon facilitate organ transplantation in Andhra Pradesh, state health minister Kamineni Srinivas said here on Sunday.
After making a visit to Manipal Hospital at Tadepalli on Sunday, where doctors successfully conducted a liver transplantation, first-of-its-kind in the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh, the minister said the government had already given necessary approvals to GGH in Guntur and King George Hospital (KGH) in Visakhapatnam for taking up organ transplantation and added that the facility will also be extended to some more government hospitals.
“As of now, the procedure of organs transplantation is limited to corporate hospitals. But, henceforth, the same will be carried out in some of the important government hospitals like Government General Hospital (GGH) in Guntur and other government hospitals in Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada and Tirupati,” he said.
Stating that Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has suggested creating awareness about organ donation under the Jeevandan Scheme, the minister said so far as many as 120 human organs have been harvested in the state of which 30 were transplanted.
Regarding shortage of medical staff in the state, Srinivas said steps are being taken to appoint 1,000 nurses, 500 doctors and 16 hospital administrators on contract basis.
He said the Centre, which sanctioned All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) is also expediting process to complete works of AIIMS at Mangalagiri at the earliest.