Celebrating the Success of 100 Deceased Donor Kidney Transplantations at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital, Chennai
The Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGGH), Chennai, Department of Nephrology celebrated a milestone on 30th January 2013 - the completion of 100 deceased donor kidney transplantations. Dr. V S Vijay, Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Government of Tamil Nadu was the chief guest at a function held at the Seminar Hall, Madras Medical College to mark this milestone. The function was presided over by Dr. V Kanagasabai, Dean, Madras Medical College. Dr. Nandhini, Vice Principal, Madras Medical College and Dr. Sivasubramanian, Deputy Superintendent were also present on the dais.
Dr. Gopalakrishnan, Professor and Head of the Dept. of Nephrology, RGGGH thanked the pioneers who started the transplant unit at the hospital. The first live related kidney transplant was done in RGGGH in 1987 and the first deceased donor kidney transplant in 1996. He also thanked the transplant team for their coordination and cooperation.
Dr. V S Vijay, Minister for Health & Family Welfare, proudly announced that Tamil Nadu was the leader in deceased organ donation and transplantation in the country. He expressed his deep gratitude to the donor families who saved many lives by consenting to donate the organs of their loved ones who had passed on. He honoured the pioneers who had surmounted many challenges to make kidney transplants a reality in a government hospital. He thanked the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Dr. J. Jayalalithaa for announcing insurance coverage for patients with kidney failure to avail better health care. He expressed his appreciation to MOHAN Foundation's transplant coordinators for their voluntary service at RGGGH to coordinate deceased organ donation and transplantation.
Dr. V Kanagasabai, Dean honoured the state convenor of the Cadaver Transplant Programme, Dr. J. Amalorpavanathan, Dr. Sunil Shroff, Managing Trustee, MOHAN Foundation, the HODs of various departments associated with the transplant programme and the transplant coordinators of MOHAN Foundation for their work towards helping RGGGH achieve this momentous milestone.