Lok Sabha Parliamentary Q & A

Lok Sabha Parliamentary Q & A on Organ Donation & Transplantation

 

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE


LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 6145

ANSWERED ON 03.05.2013


EYE DONATION FACILITIES IN GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS

 

6145. Shri S. RAMASUBBU

 

Will the Minister of HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE be pleased to state:-

 

(a) the estimated number of blind people living in the country, State/UT-wise;

 

(b) the number of eyes donated and the number of people waiting for eye donor during each of the last three years and the current year, State/UT-wise;

 

(c) whether the Central Government hospitals and its associated hospitals including All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) lacks adequate facilities for eye donation;

 

(d) if so, the details thereof and the reasons therefor; and

 

(e) the steps taken/being taken by the Government to improve the facilities of eye donation including timely retrieval and transplantation of eyes in these hospitals and also to promote eye donation in the country?

 

ANSWER

 

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE (SHRI ABU HASEM KHAN CHOUDHURY)

 

(a): As per the National Survey (2001-02) conducted under the National Programme for Control of Blindness (NPCB) by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, a statement showing estimated number of blind people in the country, State/UT-wise, is given at ANNEXURE-I.

 

(b): As reported by States/UTs, a statement showing the number of donated eyes collected during the last three years (2010-11, 2011-12 & 2012-13) is given at ANNEXURE-II. The information for the current financial year is not available.

 

As per the available estimates, there is a need of around 20,000 corneas for new blind patients per year and around 1,00,000 corneas to clear the backlog.

 

(c) & (d): Eye Banks located in Safdarjung Hospital, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) are adequately equipped/developed for collecting eyes from willing donors. NPCB fully supports this activity by providing financial and logistic support as per the programme norms.

 

(e): The steps taken under NPCB to improve the facilities of eye donation including timely retrieval and transplantation in hospitals and to promote eye donation in the country are as under:

i) Strengthening of Eye Banks and Eye Donation Centres in the country by providing required ophthalmic equipments and manpower;

ii) Collection of eyes by Eye Banks from registered donors after their death and also from those patients who die in hospitals through “Hospital Corneal Retrieval Programme” for timely transplantation of cornea;

iii) Appointment of Eye Donation Councellors in the identified Eye Banks to promote eye donation and timely utilization of donated eyes;

iv) Information Education Communication (IEC) is an on-going activity under NPCB. Continued intensified efforts are being made under NPCB to promote eye donation by the following modes:

Radio programme – Ankhein Heain Anmol

Television Programmes – Swasth Bharat and Kalyani

Eye Donation Fortnight from 25th August to 8th September

World Sight Day on 2nd Thursday of October

Glaucoma Week during 10-16th March

Printing and distribution of NPCB newsletter to all eye surgeons in the country

 

Annexure : .

Annexure referred to the Lok Sabha Unstarred Question No6145 for answer on 03.05.2013. 

ANNEXURE-I

       

Estimated Blind Persons in India-2001-02

       

S.No.

State/Uts

Prevalence of Blindness (Survey 2001-02)

Estimated Blind Persons (Visual Acuity <6/60)

1

ANDAMAN & NICOBAR

1.10

3919

2

ANDHRA PRADESH

1.42

1075331

3

ARUNACHAL PRADESH

2.28

24877

4

ASSAM

3.05

812471

5

BIHAR

0.78

646455

6

CHANDIGARH

1.01

9099

7

CHHATITISGARH

1.61

334815

8

DADRA & NAGAR HAVELI

1.07

2359

9

DAMAN & DIU

1.07

1691

10

DELHI

1.13

155748

11

GOA

1.52

20429

12

GUJARAT

1.07

541388

13

HARYANA

1.89

398468

14

HIMACHAL PRADESH

0.70

42541

15

JAMMU & KASHMIR

1.61

162126

16

JHARKHAND

1.41

379423

17

KARNATAKA

1.78

938664

18

KERALA

0.56

178296

19

LAKSHADWEEP

1.10

667

20

MADHYA PRADESH

1.16

700467

21

MAHARASHTRA

0.95

919146

22

MANIPUR

1.38

32963

23

MEGHALAYA

0.74

17065

24

MIZORAM

0.78

6950

25

NAGALAND

1.05

20881

26

ORISSA

1.40

513897

27

PONDICHERRY

0.78

7596

28

PUNJAB

1.01

245322

29

RAJASTHAN

1.55

875333

30

SIKKIM

0.65

3513

31

TAMIL NADU

0.78

484465

32

TRIPURA

0.77

24572

33

UTTAR PRADESH

0.94

1560897

34

UTTRANCHAL

0.56

47486

35

WEST BENGAL

1.19

954632

 

TOTAL

1.10

12143952

 

 

ANNEXURE-II

         

NATIONAL PROGRAMME FOR CONTROL OF BLINDNESS

Statement showing No. of Donated Eyes collected -State/UT-wise

Sl. No.

State

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13 (based on information collected upto 30.04.2013)

 

 

No. of donated eyes collected

No. of donated eyes collected

No. of donated eyes collected

MAJOR STATES

 

 

 

 

1

Andhra Pradesh

4521

6865

6694

2

Bihar

0

0

0

3

Chhattisgarh

173

107

128

4

Goa

0

0

2

5

Gujarat

7782

8213

6508

6

Haryana

1014

3144

1842

7

Himachal Pradesh

0

16

20

8

J&K

0

0

0

9

Jharkhand

38

22

6

10

Karnataka

2609

3251

3770

11

Kerala

1450

1576

1633

12

Madhya Pradesh

690

676

828

13

Maharashtra

6066

6914

5587

14

Orissa

437

573

402

15

Punjab

1003

523

916

16

Rajasthan

1252

1201

1304

17

Tamil Nadu

11820

8796

8318

18

Uttar Pradesh

591

656

791

19

Uttaranchal

4

10

76

20

West Bengal

2152

2920

2127

 

TOTAL

41602

45463

40952

NORTH EASTERN STATES

 

 

 

1

Arunachal Pradesh

0

0

0

2

Assam

255

329

281

3

Manipur

0

0

0

4

Meghalaya

0

2

0

5

Mizoram

14

28

44

6

Nagaland

0

0

0

7

Sikkim

0

0

0

8

Tripura

0

6

6

 

TOTAL

269

365

331

UTs

 

 

 

 

1

A&N Islands

20

0

0

2

Chandigarh

488

524

191

3

D&N Haveli

0

0

0

4

Daman & Diu

6

0

0

5

Delhi

2086

2400

0

6

Lakshadweep

0

0

0

7

Pondicherry

455

658

400

 

TOTAL

3055

3582

591

 

GRAND TOTAL

44926

49410

41874

 

 

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