New Delhi: The All India Institute of Medical Sciences will soon commence performing lung transplantation at the institution as authorities have confirmed of receiving the license from the Union Health Ministry, a media report said on Sunday.
The premier medical institution received the license for performing the lung transplants from the Delhi government in May and is valid for five years, the Indian Express reported.
According to the health ministry, there are many who need lung transplant in the country due to respiratory diseases but do not have any facility in the national capital performing it.
“There are many who are in need of lung transplants but not many centres across the country offer it. In Delhi, we are the first hospital to have a licence to start a proper facility,“ a senior health authority at AIIMS was quoted as saying by the paper.
Lung transplantation in humans was first attempted by James Hardy in 1963. In India, Dr K M Cherian performed the first heart-lung transplant at Madras Medical Mission in 1999. In 2017, PGIMER in Chandigarh performed its first lung transplant and became the first in North India and the first government hospital in the country to perform such transplants.
Vasanthi Ramesh, the director, National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation, said that Delhi being the capital and with alarming pollution levels needed such a facility.
“Lung-related diseases are becoming common in the city. Such a high-end transplant being set up at a government hospital is an achievement for all of us. Many poor patients will benefit from this service,” she said.