Kochi: The Kerala government is set to join hands with Spain to promote organ donation.
Kerala will sign an agreement with the Donors and Transplantations Institute (DTI) under Barcelona University to set guidelines to determine brain death. The state is looking at new ways to promote organ donation since confusion over reporting brain death has led reduction in organ donation in Kerala.
Both the chief minister and the health minister have agreed in principle on the plan.
In the first phase, the plan is to review the reporting of brain deaths in hospitals in the state and provide advanced training for health workers.
The plan also aims to set up an expert team to transport organs and strengthen government facilities in this regard. The first phase talks were led by additional chief secretary Rajeev Sadanandan with the Spanish ambassador and DTI officials.
However, they are yet to reach a deal on who will pay for the expenses of the Barcelona team. The government wants the money to come either from Mrithasanjeevani scheme or from private hospitals that are part of the scheme. But, it is doubtful if the hospitals agree to the government proposal.
Globally, the most number of organ transplantations take place in Spain. The activities in the country are coordinated by the institutes, which reviews the process that begins from confirming brain death till the transplant surgery is over.