Yeddyurappa to inaugurate liver ICU tomorrow

It will facilitate better care and treatment for people requiring liver as well as multi-organ transplantation.

"We already have a renal programme in place. Hence, we thought of starting liver and pancreas transplant programme.

The team will be headed by world renowned liver transplant surgeon Dr Prof Mohammed Rela," said Dr K Ravindranath, Chairman and MD of Global Hospitals Group.

Nearly 200 people underwent liver transplant in the country last year. Unfortunately, many patients died due to lack of donors.

There is a severe shortage of cadaver donors. Awareness about organ donation is poor among people in the State when compared to the awareness level in Chennai and Hyderabad, he added.

Some of the common causes for liver failure were Hepatitides B and C, alcoholic liver disease and liver cancer associated with chronic liver diseases.

Interestingly, fatty liver diseases caused due to obesity was an emerging cause of liver failure, pointed Dr Ravindranath.

"The fast food culture, diabetes, lack of physical exercise all contributed to this trend. Moreover, it is a common phenomenon among women. Around 10 per cent of obese women are prone to liver problem," he said.

The 18-bedded liver ICU will have four senior doctors along with 18 nurses at any given point in time, he added.

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