Chronic liver diseases a major challenge in Odisha

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Bhubaneswar: Recent studies in Odisha have raised some serious concerns over chronic liver diseases. According to a study, one in every three people in Odisha is a victim of NAFLD (Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease) and one in every six people suffers from NASH (Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis), liver inflammation and damage caused by a buildup of fat in the liver which ultimately results in liver cancer.

With the prime agenda of speaking to doctors in this regard, RTIICS (Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences, Kolkata) had organised a Medical Educational Programme at Hotel Sandys Tower, Jaydev Vihar, Bhubaneswar on 20th July 2019. Dr. N.P. Bohidar (Sr. Consultant Gastroenterology) and Dr. Rahul Roy (Consultant- HPB surgery and LT) shared their experience and expertise with doctors present in the session.

A large number of doctors from Bhubaneswar and Cuttack participated in the seminar. Emphasis was given to the fact that there are no Liver Transplantation Centers in the state and the closet available state is Kolkata where RTIICS is situated.

Dr. N. P. Bohidarsaid, “Considering liver transplantation as a last and life-saving option, patients need to be informed and educated when to actually consider a transplant.  When the liver is not functioning properly and is beyond a repairable stage only then should the transplant-related decision should be taken, otherwise damaged liver grows new tissues in the healing process. Severely damaged liver results in scarring (fibrosis) of the liver which is called cirrhosis which can lead to liver failure, hepatocellular carcinoma or primary liver cancer.”

Undoubtedly early detection is the key when it comes to cancer, unfortunately, most liver cancer patients are diagnosed when it’s too late to provide them with any curative treatment. India witnesses 3-5 cases of liver cancer per 1,00,000 people.

Dr. Rahul Roy said, “Cancer is the fastest-growing major challenge in the medical field. In terms of availability of facilities as well as in terms of appropriate knowledge, the field of cancer treatment has been facing a lot of challenges. Over 50,000 people in India are diagnosed with liver cancer each year according to a report in 2014.

Apart from rising alcohol consumption today’s imbalanced lifestyle, obesity and unhealthy food habits are also responsible. One must be aware of her/ his food habits. A healthy lifestyle should be adopted in order to prevent all types of diseases”.

About Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences (RTIICS):

Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences (RTIICS) Kolkata is a super speciality multi-organ transplant centre located on Eastern Metropolitan Bypass at Mukundapur, Kolkata. RTIICS, a unit of Narayana Health has 15 fully equipped operation theatres and 3 state-of-the-art Cath Labs with 24 which run round the clock.

In the last 14 years, RTIICS has performed more than 25000 life-saving adult and pediatric cardiac operations, more than 1 lakh cardiac Cath Lab procedures, 3500 Kidney Transplants, more than 3 lakh dialysis and over 1 lakh multispecialty surgeries, including joint replacements, minimally invasive surgeries, neurosurgeries and other general surgeries. Over 20000 patients had received financial assistance through Guest Support Cell at the hospital. A dedicated team of renowned surgeons, specialist doctors, nurses, technicians and paramedical staff with the most modern equipment and laboratory has made RTIICS one of the leading hospitals of the Narayana Health group.

RTIICS comprises of 34 major clinical departments that cater to the people of West Bengal and neighbouring states. The hospital also has a large volume of patients coming from Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and certain African and Central Asian countries for various super speciality treatments.

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