Liver diseases, transplant symposium held at SKICC

Liver diseases, transplant symposium held at SKICC

‘A Wazwan Trami loaded with 40,000 kilocalories can cause liver cirrhosis’

Doctors at one day symposium on Liver Diseases and Liver Transplantation here deliberated upon the global and Kashmir scenario of liver diseases. 


The event was organized by Dr. Khuroo’s Medical Center and Artemis Hospitals on Thursday at SKICC, Srinagar.


Themed on ‘Expanding the Horizons of Liver Diseases and Liver Transplantation’, the symposium was inaugurated at SKICC. The symposium was chaired by Dr. MS Khuroo, noted scientist while Dr. MS Sandhu, Medical Director and Director Cardiology at Artemis Hospital Gurgaon was the guest of honor.


Speaking about the burden of liver disease in global and local context, Dr. Khuroo said that liver cirrhosis, liver cancer and acute liver failure were fast emerging as one of the leading causes of mortality due to diseases.


“’Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries and Risk Factors 2010’ studied mortality due to 235 diseases and conditions, and it was found that 2 million deaths are caused by liver diseases annually due to liver diseases amounting to 4 percent of global deaths,” Dr. Khuroo said. 


He said in Kashmir also liver diseases were affecting a growing number of people. “Although liver cirrhosis due to alcohol consumption was quite common in others states, in Kashmir, non-alcoholic cirrhosis was seen to be affecting a significant number of people,” Dr Khuroo said. 


“We have an epidemic of non-alcoholic cirrhosis of liver in Kashmir,” Dr. Khuroo said. He blamed the sedentary life-style and high calorie food intake as the cause of this health condition. "One Wazwan session, I have found out after studying it closely, serves 40,000 Kilocalories. Each person, taking a full course Wazwan meal consumes 10,000 Kilocalories,” he said. He warned that such a high calorie diet will throw anyone’s metabolism into disarray and cause liver cirrhosis. 


Dr. Khuroo compared Wazwan’s effect on liver to ‘binge drinking’. The symposium also highlighted various aspects of liver disease management and stressed on the need to have state-of-art liver transplant units. 


Team from Artemis Hospital portrayed the quality care that patients have access to at the hospital. “For us, ethical practice and patient first approach is the core of care and treatment,” Dr. Sandhu said.


He also informed about the various Corporate Social Responsibility programs that the hospital was carrying out including cancer awareness programs in North-Eastern states  and free treatment for under-privileged women and children.