“The state committee of the IMA that met on Sunday discussed the issue and it was agreed upon at the meeting that the association would provide adequate financial help for the doctors who want to have organ transplants,” said Dr N Sulphi, state secretary of the IMA.
Not all doctors are well-off and there have been instances when doctors discontinue their jobs after transplants. “There will be financial instability in the family when you go for organ transplants like liver transplants, which is very costly. Hence the IMA thought of providing this help,” said Dr Sulphi.
The assistance will not be only for the doctors. The IMA has also decided to provide the financial help to the immediate relatives of the doctors as well. “The funds will be provided under the health scheme of the IMA, which has already been supporting the doctors for carrying out treatments in several cases,” said Dr M E Sugathan, state president of the IMA.
Every year, we come across one or two cases from our community. The common transplant cases that come before us are of liver and renal transplants. “But liver transplant is very costly, it comes to around Rs 25-Rs 30 lakh. Hence, most of the doctors cannot afford such surgeries or else it will create a huge financial burden for them,” said an IMA office-bearer. Already, there are several negative campaigns against organ donation and it has started affecting the organ donation programme. Hence the IMA initiative is a step towards saving the lives through organ transplants, he said.