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Union health minister launches diagnostic kit for haemophilia A and von Willebrand disease

Our Bureau, New Delhi
Thursday, August 3, 2023, 16:10 Hrs  [IST]

The Union minister for health and family welfare Dr Mansukh Mandaviya has launched a Make in India kit for diagnosis of haemophilia A and von Willebrand disease, developed by ICMR-National Institute of Immunohematology (ICMR-NIIH).

The Mumbai-based institute has developed the kit for the first time in the world, likely to change the diagnostic landscape of bleeding disorders not only in our country but in several other developing countries where diagnostic facilities are either lacking or not up to the acceptable standards.

The launch was part of the 13th Indian Organ Donation Day (IODD) ceremony.

Haemophilia A and von Willebrand disease are the two most common lifelong inherited bleeding disorders. The common clinical manifestations include bleeding into the joints causing swelling and pain, bleeding into the skin (bruising) or muscle and soft tissue bleeding.

Addressing the audience at the ceremony, the Union minister said that the number of organ donors in the country has seen an increase from 5,000 in 2013 to 15,000 annually at present.

He stated that it is important to recognize and appreciate the contribution of all the people who have been a part of this endeavour.

The Union minister informed that the Union government has taken several steps towards increasing organ donations in the country. Leave duration for organ donors have been increased from 30 days to 60 days, age limitations of 65 years have been removed and the process of organ donation has been further streamlined.

He further stated that the government is committed to bring in more policies and reforms to popularise organ donation in the country.

He also urged the organ recipients to promote this noble service and encourage others to also donate their organs for the service of mankind.

An e-Newsletter of National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization (NOTTO); Transplant Manual and National Curriculum for Transplant Coordinator Course were released on the occasion.

During the event an eCARe portal (e-clearance of afterlife remains) of the International Health division of the ministry of health and family welfare was also launched by the Union health minister.

When a person passes away in another country, it leads to a lot of paperwork and processes to bring the mortal remains of the deceased back to India which leaves the family and friends in dismay. Understanding the sensitivity of this issue and following the principle of minimum government and maximum governance, the ministry of health & family welfare, Government of India launched the eCARe (e-clearance of afterlife remains) portal to streamline and expedite the process of transporting human remains to India from different countries.


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