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Union health minister inaugurates super speciality block at Sarojini Naidu Medical College, Agra

Leads a pledge for Organ Donation at the GIC Ground, in Agra

The Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya inaugurated a super speciality block at Sarojini Naidu Medical College, Agra, and an organ donation registry. To register to donate organs, the only requirements are the Aadhar number, and the Aadhar linked mobile number. He also laid the Foundation Stone for 23 Integrated Public Health Labs, and 87 Block Public Health Units in Agra.

Dr Mandaviya highlighted that the super speciality block at Sarojini Naidu Medical College (SNMC) is constructed in an area of 7,890 sq. metre for Rs 200 crores. He stated that the facility in SNMC will cater to around 3 crore people in not only Agra but also 11 districts and two surrounding states. He also informed that the super speciality block at SNMC will include services like neurosurgery, neurology, gastroenterology, gastro surgery, urology, nephrology, cardiology etc.

The minister led a pledge for Organ Donation at the GIC Ground, in Agra, in the presence of Prof SP Singh Baghel, Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare and Brajesh Pathak, Deputy Chief Minister and Minister of Medical Education, Uttar Pradesh who joined virtually. Around 8,000 people took the pledge to donate organs in Agra on the occasion.

Addressing the gathering, Dr Mandaviya said that there can be no greater service to mankind than donating organs to save another life. He gave a clarion call to donate blood when alive and donate organs after death.

Underlining the need for regular medicines and check-ups after organ transplant, the minister said, “The government has decided to give financial assistance of Rs 10,000 per month to all the poor people undergoing organ transplant.” “Arrangements will also be made for their regular check-ups,” he further stated. He also informed that by the end of 2024, arrangements for organ retrieval will be made in all the hospitals and medical colleges of the country.

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