‘Kidney patients not getting donors due to high resistance of donations in Manipur’

Manipur is the second state in India to have a kidney transplant facility next to Guwa Assam Shija Kidney Center.


Managing director and chairman of SHIJA Hospitals and Research Institute (SHRI), Langol Dr Kh Palin Singh on Saturday said that there are many patients needing kidney transplant as it is one of the best recommendations for kidney treatment but they hardly get donors due to high resistance of organ donations in Manipur.  

Palin was speaking in a press conference held in connection with successful completion of the 50th kidney transplantation successfully carried out by SHRI. The conference was held at the premises of the hospital on Saturday.

He mentioned that the government of Manipur had also signed a memorandum of understanding with Multi Organ Harvesting Aid Network (MOHAN) to create massive awareness about the importance of organ donation, he said. SHRI is also going to take an initiative, very soon, to increase organ donation in the state, he mentioned. He also announced that the service for liver transplantation is all set to begin soon in their institute.

Effective functioning of Brain Dead Committee is required to tackle the increasing demand of kidney transplantation in the state, he said. With its effective functioning, the problems of unavailability of organs could be addressed to a great extent as well, he added.

Manipur is the second state in India to have a kidney transplant facility next to Guwa Assam Shija Kidney Center which offers comprehensive care and treatment for all types of kidney disorders under one roof, he said. It is the only private center in Northeast to have a full time Nephrologist and Urologists, he informed.

Mentioning about kidney transplantation in SHRI, he said the Shija Kidney Transplantation Centre started functioning from 2016. So far, the center has successfully performed renal transplantation on 50 patients, of which 43 recipients are from Manipur, six are from Nagaland while one is from Myanmar.

After stopping the service for almost one year due to COVID-19 pandemic, the centre resumed its functioning on March 17, 2021 where a 28-year-old man transplanted a kidney from his father, he added.

Palin said that both CMHT and PMJAY beneficiaries are also entitled to avail transplantation facilities. Shija Hospitals was empanelled for CMHT and PMJAY on September 21, 2018.

The 50 kidney transplantations were performed by a team of doctors comprising of consultant nephrologist and director Dr Guliver Potsangbam; consultant urologist and renal transplant surgeon Dr Somorendro Paonam; consultant general and laparoscopic surgeon Dr Devendra Khwairakpam; consultant urologist, Shija Kidney Center Dr Mahele Maharabam, he added.



First Published:March 28, 2021, 12:05 a.m.

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