For the year 2019, the state of Maharashtra has donated the highest number of organs which resulted beneficial for 449 patients. The state overtook Tamil Nadu and Telangana in the field of organ donation. Regional Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation-State Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (ROTTO-SOTTO) along with four Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre (ZTCC)of Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, and Aurangabad in Maharashtra were the top performers.Key Points:
-On the occasion of the 10th Indian Organ Donation Day on 30th November 2019, the National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation(NOTTO) presented the best state award to Maharashtra in the field of deceased organ donation.
-The ZTCC’s of Maharashtra in association with local Non-Governmental Organization(NGOs) conducted 387 awareness driven activities including rallies, talks, padayatras, marathons, stalls at religious festivals, competitions on organ donation to programmes for societies, corporates, security forces and police.
ROTTO-SOTTO was set up by the Directorate General of Health Services, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. In Maharashtra, it works with the state Directorate of Health Services, while networking with private hospitals through ZTCCs. As the regional organisation, it also oversees Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Union Territories of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu.
Director(Western-region)– Dr Astrid Lobo Gajiwala