CHENNAI: As many as 6,386 kidney, 344 liver, 37 heart, 51 lung, 18 heart and lung, 2 pancreas and 23 hand transplant patients are registered and are in the waiting list in the State, said Health Minister Ma Subramanian on Friday.
The minister was talking at the inauguration of the fourth anniversary celebrations of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojna (Prime Minister's People's Health Scheme) -Chief Minister's Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme (PMJAY-CMCHIS) at the Tamil Nadu Government Multi Super Speciality Hospital .
The Health Minister said that 224 organs from 67 organ donors have been donated from May 2022 to present through an automated process and offered to patients with end-stage organ failure. From October 2008 to present, 5,687 organs and 3,629 tissues have been donated from a total of 1,559 organ donors.
The Health Minister said that a meeting was held with the authorities of all medical colleges to encourage organ donation in March, since the number of organ donors decreased during the pandemic. After the meeting, the number of donors started increasing. From April 22, 2022 till now, 49 organs and 38 tissues have been donated from 29 organ donors. At least 590 beneficiaries of organ transplants have benefited under the CMCHIS at a cost of Rs 86.35 crore.
He said that 1.40 crore families have benefited from the Chief Minister's Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme (CMCHIS) alone since 2009 and up to Rs 5 lakh per family is provided under the insurance scheme and the United India Insurance Company is currently implementing the scheme in the State. A total of 1,733 hospitals have been approved under this scheme, including 796 government hospitals and 937 private hospitals.
As many as 1,513 medical and surgical procedures have been sanctioned, including treatment procedures, 52 comprehensive examinations and 8 highly specialized treatments. About 415 journalists have been included as beneficiaries under the scheme. Currently, new beneficiary registration offices have been expanded in two more locations other than Chennai Collectorate.