Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on Friday made a strong case for organ delivery drones that can be used to safely transport vital organs such as the heart and kidneys from one place to another.
Among the challenges for organ transplants is ensuring safe and quick delivery of organs that must reach recipients. It is towards this end the Union Minister said they will consider setting up amenities like drone helipads.
Recently the Union minister unveiled a drone, co-developed by MGM Health Care in Chennai, that can carry vital organs.
There are approximately five lakh road accidents a year and at least 1.5 lakh persons die, Gadkari said, and underlined the need for organ transplants. “Medical science is changing rapidly due to the introduction of technology and research that is progressing day by day. Gone are the days when one would go to Delhi or other cities for treatment of serious diseases. Now modern facilities are available in every district. Advanced technology has made complex surgeries easier and cheaper,” he said, while inaugurating the robotic urology centre at UroKul-Kulkarni Uro Surgery Institute Pune, on Friday.
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Member of Legislative Assembly, Bhimrao Tapkir; Sudha Mhaiskar and Jayant Mhaiskar of Mhaiskar Foundation; Dr Sanjay Kulkarni and Dr Jyotsna Kulkarni, founder of UroKul Hospital; and Dr Rajesh Deshpande, President of Baner-Balewadi Doctors Association were present on the occasion.The centre named ‘Dattatray P Mhaiskar Robotic Urology Centre’ includes 4th generation robotic technology, the Da Vinci X, by US-based Intuitive.
The Union Minister also spoke about his association with the Mhaiskar family which has contributed much to the social sector. “I have had very close relations with Dattatray Mhaiskar since the time I was PWD minister in the state government. This robotic centre to UroKul Hospital to take up surgery for serious diseases like urinary disorders will help needy patients,” Gadkari said.
On the occasion, the Union Minister also said he had done his fair bit of work as part of social responsibility. “Ninety percent of my focus is on social work. I have ensured that 40,000 heart surgeries are done free of cost, and work is underway on setting up a centre in my mother’s memory. As against MRIs that cost Rs 15,000, it will be available for only Rs 1500 and a CT Scan for Rs 600. Pathological tests will be conducted for Rs 500,” Gadkari said Dr Sanjay Kulkarni emphasised that utilization of robotic-assisted technology in urological surgery is pivotal for advancing medical science and delivering enhanced patient care.”Since its inception, UroKul has always aimed at providing timely, advanced treatments to all patients,” Dr Kulkarni said. Dr Jyotsna Kulkarni added that the hospital is equipped with more than 5 Operation Theatres, 10 ICUs, 10-bed Hemodialysis facilities, 10 OPD rooms, and 10 outpatient rooms.