First ‘Skin Bank’ set up: Hetero and Rotary Club provide financial aid

The skin bank centre has been provided a financial aid and other technical equipments of Rs. 70 lakhs from Hetero Drugs and Rotary Club.

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Last Updated on July 2, 2021 by The Health Master

For the first time, the state government of Telangana has set up ‘Skin Bank’ at Osmania Hospital in Hyderabad. The main objective of setting up of the first of its kind skin bank is to cater to the needs of patients suffering from burn related illness.

The skin bank centre has been provided a financial aid and other technical equipments of Rs. 70 lakhs from Hetero Drugs and Rotary Club. The skin bank was inaugurated by Telangana home minister Mahmood Ali.

Hetero Drugs chairman Parthasaradhi Reddy, who was also present on the occasion, as part of the first installment towards the financial aid for the Skin Bank, donated Rs. 40 lakhs and promised that that he is also ready to bear Rs. 15 lakhs annual maintenance cost of the skin bank.

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The main reason for establishing the skin bank at Osmania hospital is that every year more than 10,000 patients come to this hospital for getting plastic surgeries and other related treatment for their skin burns. However with no proper ‘Skin Bank’ all these years the patients were facing tough time to get skin donors.

In view of this, the state government with the support of Hetero Drugs and Rotary club had decided to set up first of its kind ‘Skin Bank’, which is one of the first of its kind in both Telugu states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

With the establishment of the skin bank patients with skin burns to hands, legs, or on any part of the body can now easily avail skin from donors through the skin bank and can easily get the skin implanted to the skin damaged areas of the patients body by way of plastic surgery and can get a new skin in place of their burnt skin.

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“The skin bank is a big boost for the patients suffering with skin burns and for those who lost skin in accidents. Through this skin bank anyone who needs skin for implanting at the damaged areas of the body can easily avail the skin.

As we secure heart, cornea, kidneys, liver and other vital parts from the brain dead patients with the consent of their relatives by following the regulatory norms, in a similar way skin can also be secured from people who are brain dead or from those people who had died in accidents and the same can be stored at the skin bank and later on can be transplanted to the needy patients,” said Parthasaradhi Reddy.

Any person who wishes to donate their skin can register with ‘Jeevandan’ and soon after the death of the registered person within 12 hours of their death they can donate their skin.

According to healthcare experts, a person can donate their own skin up to 12-20 per cent only for any emergency usage during surgeries. However beyond this they cannot give. In view of this, the skin bank can come for aid and provide additional skin requirements for the patients, says Srinivas Rao, director of public health, government of Telangana.

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