Health minister K K Shailaja told the assembly that the government was ready to reconsider the decision to levy user fees for unrelated organ donations if it is causing any kind of trouble for the recipients.

The minister said the decision was taken to curb the unethical practices related to organ donation. The government is of the view that organ donation should not be with commercial interests.

The minister's clarification came in a reply to a question from V D Satheesan, MLA.

As per a new government order, the recipient in an unrelated live donation should pay Rs 2 lakh to the Kerala Network of Organ Sharing and Rs 1.5 lakh to the donor to take care of the donor's post-donation treatments and future health needs. This Rs 1.5 lakh will have to be given in three instalments of Rs 50,000 each.

The decision was taken to help the donor who is often neglected after the organ donation, said the health minister.

To another question the minister said there has been an increase in cancer cases in the state. The number of fresh cases registered in the Regional Cancer Centre in 2017 was 16,174 and in Malabar Cancer Centre was 4,587. The figures for 2016 was 16,448 in RCC and 4,392 in MCC.

New medical PG seats

The Medical Council of India has sanctioned 75 new postgraduate seats for the government medical colleges in the state this year, the minister told the assembly. Last year, 72 seats were sanctioned.

Health minister said that it was a recognition to the medical education sector in the state and the various steps being taken for improving the basic infrastructure facilities of the medical college hospitals in the state.

The new PG seats will be allotted in the Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode, Alappuzha and Thrissur medical colleges. The MD seats sanctioned are for Anaesthesia (27), Medicine (17), Obstetrics and Gynaecology (7), Psychiatry (1) and Radio Diagnosis (1). The MS seats are in Orthopaedics (5), Pulmonary Medicine (1), Surgery (9), and Paediatrics (2). – TOI 

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