Naveen Lauds Apollo Hospitals

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today described first cadaveric transplant as a new milestone in the field of healthcare service in the State.

Congratulating the doctors who successfully performed the first cadaveric kidney transplantation in Odisha on February 4, Mr.Patnaik lauded efforts of the doctors and Apollo Hospital, Bhuabneswar.

Lauding the skills and efficiency of the doctors of state-run SCB Medical College & Hospital, Cuttack and city-based Apollo Hospitals who performed the rare transplant surgery, the Chief Minister said that the State Government would extend all possible help and cooperation for organ transplantation.

He also laid emphasis on creating extensive awareness on this among people.
Sudhir M Diggikar, Central Region CEO (Odisha, Chhattisgarh & Andhra Pradesh) of Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited was the prime mover of the initiative.
The Physicians led by a Pro-People Oriented Corporate Chief, Mr.Diggikar called on the Chief Minister Mr.Patnaik at Lokseva Bhavan here on 10 February.

Minister Health and Family Welfare, Nabakishore Das too congratulated the doctors on their achievement.

Describing organ donation as one of the finest form of donations, 5-T Secretary VK Pandian said that the State Government would provide helicopter service if needed to save life through organ transplantation.

SCB Medical College Urology Department Head Prof. Dr. Chitaranjan Kar and Apollo Hospital Nephrology Department Head Dr. Samiran Das Adhikari spoke on collection of organs from dead and its transplantation.
Later Mr.Diggikar said due to various difficulties which includes infrastructure, trained healthcare workers, lack of protocols in brain dead declaration etc, cadaver organ transplantation were not possible earlier.

However, the role of SOTTO and State Government are worth commendable for their support in this endeavor, said Mr.Diggikar.

State Government was proactive and played a lead role in creating awareness on organ transplantation, Apollo Hospitals CEO said.

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