Liver diseases are fast being recognized as a public health concern in India

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We all know that liver diseases are fast being recognized as a public health concern in India. Cirrhosis of liver and chronic liver diseases are increasing progressively as causes of mortality in India with the statistics revealing that around 10 lakh patients of liver cirrhosis are newly diagnosed every year in our country. According to World Health Organization, liver disease is the tenth most common cause of death in India accounting for 18.3 % of all cirrhosis deaths globally.

The treatment of chronic and acute liver failure is liver transplant as in many cases; it cannot be
controlled with other treatments. It is also a treatment option for some people with liver cancer. In
an endeavor to provide comprehensive treatment of liver disease, Ruby General Hospital, Kolkata
has partnered with Gleneagles Global Health City, Chennai to start a specialty Liver Clinic followed by
Liver Transplant Programme in Kolkata. With regard to the above, an inauguration program followed by a Press Meet had been organized on Friday, 15th July, 2022 between 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm at the Seminar Room, Ruby General Hospital.

Ruby General Hospital is a 27 year old NABH and NABL accredited multispecialty hospital with a very
busy comprehensive Cancer Care Centre since 2015. We are focusing on transplants and have already
got the license of Kidney Transplant with an intention to start Bone Marrow and Liver Transplant very
soon. We are partnering with Gleneagles Global Health City, Chennai as this is a renowned multi-organ transplant centre having 20 years experience in liver transplant and clinical excellence. They have got a sizable and comprehensive Liver Transplant Program, having both allograft and cadaveric transplantations. They have performed more than 3000 liver transplant since its inception with a success rate of 96% for living donor cases. The centre of excellence of Liver Transplant department has performed more than 110 transplants in 2021 despite the severe effect of pandemic. This includes 40 paediatrics liver transplants last year with 100% success, a rare feat to achieve. The department regularly performs auxiliary liver transplant for acute failure in children. Further dual lobe liver transplant for overweight patients are a common practice.

The Press had been addressed by Dr. D. P. Samadder (Director Medical Affairs, Ruby General Hospital), Dr. Joy Varghese (Director, Hepatology and Transplant Hepatology, Gleneagles Global Health City, Chennai), Dr. Sujoy Ranjan Deb (Dy. Medical Director, Ruby General Hospital) and Mr. V.
Bhaskar Reddy (Head, Corporate Relations, Gleneagles Global Health City, Chennai).

The chief guest of the event had been Swami Vivek Maharaj of Dakshineswar Ramkrishna Sangha
Adyapeath. Swami Vivek Maharaj congratulated the entire team for this endeavour. He also encouraged the Team with his inspirational speech and his divine blessings for this project.

A couple of post liver transplant patients of Kolkata, who got their transplant done at Global Gleneagles Health City, Chennai were also present at the inauguration program. They shared their experience of Global Gleneagles Health City, Chennai and congratulated the Ruby General Hospital
team for the launch of Specialty Liver Clinic and Liver Transplant Programme in Kolkata.

Speaking at the launch, Dr. D. P. Samadder, Director Medical Affairs, Ruby General Hospital said, “This Speciality Liver Clinic, once every month and subsequent Liver Transplant Programme at Ruby General Hospital will be a great support to the people of Bengal and Eastern India. We are already getting a very good response from our existing patients of Hepatology. For many people, who are
travelling outside the state, this will be a big boon saving a lot of cost and hassle.”

According to Dr. Joy Varghese, Director Hepatology & Transplant Hepatology, Gleneagles Global Health City, Chennai; “As we are still dealing with options to manage liver disease rather than its cure, preventive aspects of Hepatology should be our prime focus for treatment. Implementing healthy lifestyle practices, avoiding over the counter medications, indigenous preparations with hepatotoxic potential, avoid misuse of alcohol and prompt referral to specialists in acute conditions will protect
liver and prevent future damage to a large extent.”
Dy. Medical Director, Ruby General Hospital, Dr. Sujoy Ranjan Deb said, “We have got an excellent Team of Gastroenterologists at Ruby and a lot of patients come from all over Bengal and adjoining states. This monthly Speciality Liver Clinic at Ruby by well-known hepatologist of Global Gleneagles, Dr. Joy Varghese will prove to be a great opportunity for all of us, especially with the Liver Transplant
facilities to add on, very shortly.”

Mr. V. Bhaskar Reddy, Head, Corporate Relations, Global Gleneagles Health City Hospital added, “We are extremely happy to partner with Ruby General Hospital, Kolkata. The primary reason for initiating this comprehensive liver programme is to enable the people of West Bengal and adjoining states to avail world class liver treatment.”
Head of Gastroenterology, Ruby General Hospital, Dr. Sunil Baran Das Chakraborty and the undersigned concluded the event by seeking blessings for all from Swami Vivek Maharaj and vote of thanks to all the participants from press and media, Team from Global Gleneagles Hospital, Head of Departments of all the Medical and Surgical Departments at Ruby General Hospital and all others.