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Patients of heart and lung failure in Gujarat, many of whom cannot afford the cost of organ transplant, now have hope as these life-saving surgeries will be available in a government hospital. The much-anticipated Heart and Lung Transplant Centre at the UN Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research Centre (UNMICRC) will be dedicated online to the public on Saturday by PM Narendra Modi, said hospital officials. The addition of this new wing is expected to make UNMICRC the biggest cardiology hospital in India with 1,251 beds.Mirror has learnt that the transplant centre, which has already received its licence, is located on the seventh floor of the new wing with a state-of-the-art three-barrier modular operation theatre and ICU. It will have a dedicated team of doctors and allied staff reserved for transplantation. The infrastructure of the transplant section has been set up at a cost of Rs3.5 crore.Dr Chirag Doshi, HOD of cardio-thoracic surgery at UNMICRC, told Mirror, “Many patients with heart problems come to us from far-flung and interior parts of the state. Most of the heart failure patients with less than 30% heart function are unable to afford the cost of transplant. This government facility will ensure international quality healthcare for every needy citizen.”
This public-funded transplant facility is the third one after the Institute of Kidney Diseases and Research Centre (IKDRC) and the M&J Western Regional Institute of Opthalmology to begin operation on the campus of Ahmedabad Civil Hospital. Once the heart and lung transplant programme begins at UN Mehta, the only transplant that will still be unavailable in the public sector will be of the small bowel.
Dr Doshi said that the hospital has already started identifying patients of heart failure who are likely to require transplants. There are currently at least 15 such patients on the waiting list.
Last year, the Gujarat government has started providing subsidies for heart and lung transplants. While the subsidy amount is Rs 7.5 lakh for any one organ, a dual transplant patient can seek Rs 10 lakh in subsidy.
Dr Pranjal Modi, Convenor of the State Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (SOTTO), said, “A government healthcare facility providing heart and lung transplants was the need of the hour and will greatly aid poor patients access life-saving surgeries.”
Currently, 35% of all cardiac surgeries conducted in Gujarat are carried out at UNMICRC, claimed hospital authorities. When asked about the new possibilities and challenges ahead, Director Dr RK Patel said, “It is a long way ahead and there is much work still to do and that is what we will endeavour to do.”
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