CHENNAI: The government has constituted a committee to hear suggestions for considering the inclusion of extended family members in the definition of ‘near relatives’ for live organ donor transplant, in a bid to ensure that patients find donors, said Health minister C Vijaya Bhaskar, on Tuesday.
He was speaking to reporters at an event organised to celebrate the successful completion of 1,000 liver transplants in seven years at Gleneagles Global Hospitals here.
“Now the rule allows only spouse, son, daughter, father, mother, brother and sister to donate organs, but, now the government has constituted a committee to hear suggestions for considering the inclusion of ‘extended family in the definition of near relatives”.He said “The government will soon expand organ transplantation programme to tier-II cities and later to tier-III cities. Renal (kidney) transplant will be started in Government Hospital, Ramanathapuram, soon,” the minister said. He also denied charges of people from other States and also countries getting preference in cadaver organ transplantation. “The Government Order clearly indicates that no such preference can be given,” he added.