Country’s lone tissue bank gets Tk 174cr boost
In the past 12 years, the lone tissue bank of the country has helped a total of 8,300 people who have had organ transplantations.
The information was disclosed after an Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) meeting yesterday.
A project worth Tk 174 crore for upgrading and extending the bank was approved at the meeting.
At a briefing after the meeting, Planning Commission member Nasima Begum said two lakh people injured in fire incidents or accidents went through organ transplantations with the bank's help in the 12 years since its establishment in 2009.
Additionally, 347 skulls were replaced with the bank's facilities during the period, she said.
Nasima added that amputated and severed body parts, collected from hospitals, are stored in the bank in minus 80-degree Celsius temperature after sterilisation.
The organs can be stored for up to five years, she said.
The body parts are allocated based on doctors' recommendations. Globally-approved guidelines are followed when setting medical charges, Nasima said.
As demand for the bank's services keep increasing, the Tk 174 crore project has been undertaken to raise the bank's capacity, she added.
The project will be implemented within December 2024, the proposal says.