Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, May 7:
To relieve the patients in Odisha from complex orthopedic surgeries with insertion of steel rods, the state government has decided to set up a bone bank at the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack.
The state government in a notification today gave formal approval to the proposal by the Health and Family Welfare department.
A high level meeting held earlier under the chairmanship of Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra, principal secretary, Health and Family Welfare, had prepared a blueprint and proposed to the state government to set up the bone bank.
Apart from Odisha, the facilities are currently available at AIIMS, Delhi, Chennai AMC, Ganga Hospital in Coimbatore and Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai.
As decided, a special unit would be attached to the bone bank at the SCB Hospital for allograft in which a tissue or organ is obtained from one member of a species and grafted to a genetically dissimilar member of the same species.
The bank will store duly-processed bones for future use by patients suffering from various ailments like bone cancer, trauma or severe infection.
The processed bones can be stored for a period of three years.
The equipment required for the bank will cost nearly Rs 25 lakhs.
The bank will be manned by the associate professors and assistant professors of orthopaedic department of the hospital, who have been recently trained in hand surgery and joint replacement at Tata Memorial hospital in Mumbai, as well as those having previous experience of working in bone banks.
The Health department has constituted a four-member committee, headed by dean and superintendent of SCB hospital as chairman with the director of Acharya Harihar Cancer Research Institute, and two orthopedic specialists of SCB hospital Dr Atanu Mohanty and Dr Tanmay Mohanty as other members.