Apollo Transplant Institutes have become the busiest solid organ transplant programmes in the world, having conducted 929 liver,kidney and heart transplants during 2011.
Addressing the media on this occasion, Dr. Prathap C Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group said, “Our aim at the Apollo Transplant Institutes is to be the best centre for transplantation in the world.”
There is a huge shortage of organs in India and patients die while on the waiting list as they do not get an organ on time. A brain-dead person’s organs can give a new lease of life to at least nine patients suffering from organ failure.
Around 7.85 million people suffer from chronic kidney failure in India. At present, in India, the approximate prevalence of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is 800 per million population (pmp), and the incidence of end-stage kidney disease is 150-200 pmp. Nearly 3,500 transplants are done annually as against the need for 210,000 kidney transplants.
With 230 instances of organ donations from October 2008 till now, Tamil Nadu is the undisputed leader in organ donations in the country. A total of 1,318 organs and tissues have been harvested. These have saved many lives. Yet, these figures are nothing but a tip of the huge iceberg of demand for organs.