New Delhi: India has risen to third place in the world for organ donation and transplantation, said Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Mansukh Mandaviya. The health minister was referencing a report from the Global Observatory on Donation and Transplantation (GODT).
"It gives me great pleasure to share that the total number of organ transplants done per year in India has increased from 4,990 in 2013 to 12,746 in 2019, and India now ranks third in the world, only behind the United States and China, according to data available on the Global Observatory on Donation and Transplantation (GODT) website," he said while speaking at the 12th Indian Organ Donation Day in the presence of Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfaq Ahmed.
"Similarly, the rate of organ donation has surged by about fourfold since 2012-13. However, there is still a significant disparity between the number of patients in need of transplantation and the number of persons willing to donate their organs after death. Furthermore, the Covid-19 pandemic has had a severe influence on organ donation and transplantation, which we aim to overcome shortly " Mandaviya added.