2000 patients die of liver ailments every year: Experts

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Srinagar, Dec 22: The number of people suffering from liver disease is on the rise in Jammu and Kashmir as nearly 2000 people die due to various liver ailments in the state annually in absence of proper treatment and late detection, health experts said on Saturday.
“Nearly 2 lakh patients die with advanced liver diseases in India yearly, the disease has been proving fatal in the Valley also as nearly 2000 patients suffering with advanced liver ailments die in the Valley every year,” Chief Liver Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgeon at Medanta Medicity hospital Delhi, Dr A S Soin, said at a function here. Dr Soin said that obesity, undiagnosed Hepatitis B (HBV), Hepatitis C (HBC) and infections, high lipid intake and harmful alcohol use are among the causes for the rising tide of disease.
He said that HBV and HBC is spread through body fluids (needles from drug abusers, contaminated blood, and sexual contact) and can cause an acute infection. “Hepatitis B can be prevented by the vaccine but hepatitis C has no vaccine at present,” he said.
According to him the people in Jammu and Kashmir need to have a better awareness about liver health as the three major causes of liver disease are all preventable.
Dr Soin, who is also Chairman Institute of Liver Transplant and Regenerative Medicine at Medanta Medicity Hospital Delhi, said that the death percentage among the liver disease patients was increasing every year across India.
The Padma Shri awardee, Dr Soin said the liver disease could be treated with proper consultation and preventions at the initial stage, while as at advanced level a patient needs liver transplant surgery to save his life.
Dr Sanjay Goja, Consultant Liver Transplant Surgery, said, “I have done a comprehensive analysis of the state of the country’s health. I  found some areas where we are doing really well, but there are many areas where lot needs to be done.”
“I was struck by the data on liver disease particularly. This is the only major cause of preventable death that is on the increase in India. And in J&K there is dearth of trained staff, doctors and related infrastructure to deal with the patients suffering with liver diseases,” Dr Goja said. He said the state needed a full fledged center for liver ailments as the late referrals and lack of awareness among the patients lead them to advanced liver diseases and deaths.
“Almost 300 liver transplant surgeries need to be done every year in the Valley but due to lack of awareness among the people only ten to fifteen patients get their affected livers transplanted,” he said.
Dr Goja said that Medanta Medicity was the second best hospital in the world for successful liver transplant surgeries. “In last ten years we have conducted 1200 liver transplant surgeries and 98 per cent surgeries have been successful so far at Medanta,” he said.
According to him liver transplant is harmless for the patient as well as donor and such surgeries can save thousands of lives every year.
Dr Shiekh Burhan Fellow in Trauma ICU, Medanta said, “In advanced level if a patient does not consult doctor and gets his damaged liver transplanted he could die within a few months.”
Dr Burhan said that symptoms of disease include weakness, swelling over feet and legs, indigestion, jaundice, weight loss, blood vomiting, abdominal pain, nausea, memory lost and behavioral changes.
The doctors said that chronic liver damage also causes liver cancer among the patients.
Today a team of liver transplant surgeons interacted with media at Khanam’s hospital and Nursing Home Hazuri Bagh Srinagar.
Dr Goja would be visiting Srinagar every month and Dr Burhan would screen the cases everyday from 10 am to 2 pm at Khanam’s Nursing Home.
Dr Umar, Dr MS Khuroo, Hepatologists of  the Valley and Chairman Academics, Khanam Paramedical Institute, Dr Javed Iqbal were also present on the occasion.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 22 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 22 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 23 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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