Telangana government owned Gandhi hospital will soon be turned into a Center for Organ Transplantation. The state government has sanctioned Rs.35 crore for the transformation of the hospital.
The authorities of the Gandhi Hospital are making arrangements to set up the Center on the eighth floor of the hospital. Ultra modern and sophisticated operation theatres are being set up to conduct the organ transplantation operations. Transplantation of organs like kidneys, liver, heart and intestines will be done at the hospital.
The floor will have a total of 8 modular operation theatres. The amount kept with Aarogyasri trust will be used to set up the Center. Besides the Gandhi Hospital, two other state owned super speciality hospitals - Nizam’s Institute Of Medical Sciences (NIMS) and Osmania General Hospital also have organ transplantation wings. While the NIMS has only two modular operation theatres to perform different kinds of organ transplantation surgeries, the Osmania General Hospital has normal operation theatres owing to its old hospital status. While NIMS is regularly performing kidney transplantations, the Osmania General hospital is performing liver transplantations in a limited manner due to lack of infrastructure.
When it comes to Gandhi Medical College, it has all kinds of infrastructure to set up the Center. The authorities of health department of the state are saying that they can even perform heart and liver transplantations for children at the hospital. “The Gandhi Hospital has special departments for women and children. These two departments have specialist doctors who perform the transplantations for the women and children. Keeping this in mind, we have decided to set up the Transplantation Center at the hospital,” an official of the health department told DTMT.
The Center will be be spread over one lakh square foot area. The operation theatres will be built according to the requirements of the organ transplants. The eighth floor of the hospital currently houses a nursing school and hostel and a pulmonology wing. The authorities have decided to shift the nursing school to a different location outside the hospital. They have also decided to shift the pulmonology wing to the fifth floor of the hospital.
Every operation theatre will have a mini ICU, pre-operation room and post-operation room attached to it. The decision of the state government will bring down the cost of organ transplantation in the state. Each kidney transplantation is costing Rs.15 lakh in private sector and liver transplantation is costing Rs.40 lakh. The state government will perform these transplantations free of cost.