||Chennai, 30th April 2012: Kovai Medical Center and Hospital (KMCH) on Sunday entered into an understanding with Chennai-based Global Hospitals and Health City to set up a liver clinic and also provide services in hepatobilliary care.
Nalla G. Palaniswami, Chairman, KMCH, told journalists at a meeting that with the setting up of the clinic, KMCH had brought in a new facility to the city and erased the lacuna that the city did not have a liver care clinic.
A release said that the memorandum of understanding would pave way for specialists from the Chennai hospital to visit KMCH on a weekly basis, share expertise through scientific programmes and collaborate with doctors at KMCH, help the Coimbatore hospital refer high-end, complex hepatobilliary surgeries and liver transplantation cases, help KMCH support cadaver transplant programme through organ donation, help KMCH staff undergo training for organ retrieval as per protocols and jointly conduct liver and related programmes for the benefit of medical fraternity.
Persons with liver and related ailments could henceforth have their treatment in the city itself and go to Chennai only when they needed to undergo liver transplantation.
By tying up with Global Hospitals and Health City, KMCH would be able to bank on the expertise of Mohamed Rela, Head, Department of HPB and Liver Transplantation, and one of the world-renowned surgeons in live liver transplantation, said Dr. Palaniswami.
He also spoke on the Central Government's health policy, the need for improve financial allocation and the need for making health care available at affordable cost to all.
K. Ravindranath, Chairman and Managing Director, Global Hospital Group, said that his hospital would soon grow into a Mecca for liver transplantation and thereby make Chennai a medical hub for organ transplantation.
The hospital was looking for partners across the country and entering into an understanding with KMCH was part of the effort.
Around 2.5 per cent of the population required liver transplantation – a huge number, but there were not enough facilities to cater to their needs.
He hoped that India would repeat the progress it made in heart care surgery in liver transplantation.
Twenty years ago there were not many heart surgery centres in India.
Today, though, every small city had one or two hospitals that offered heart surgery, he said.
Dr. Rela said that India was now in a position to teach the west in conducting live liver transplantation. The West had developed expertise in cadaver transplantation. The survival rate of both donors and recipients in live liver transplantation was good, he said.
Tamil Nadu was one of the progressive states as far as cadaver transplantation went. The number of donors here was high.
He further said that there was an urgent need to improve live transplantation facilities in India because the number of persons requiring transplantation would go up in the next few years.