Added Dr. Dheeraj Karanth C, Medical Gastroenterologist, Vikram Hospital, Bengaluru: “The cure for severe liver diseases is a liver transplant. New approaches such as stem cell therapy is also being researched. Fatigue, jaundice, itching and loss of appetite are some early symptoms of liver diseases, though symptoms usually don’t appear till the disease is well advanced, so early diagnosis is crucial. Prevention is much better than cure. People should maintain a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise and low-fat diet. It is also important to take alcohol only in moderation, get Hepatitis B vaccination, and follow safe sex practices.”
In a significant initiative, as many as 32 doctors out of the total 70 working at the Vikram Hospital Bengaluru pledged to donate their organs, including the liver, to help save lives. They also vowed to create awareness about the increasing incidence of liver diseases in the society.
Said Dr. Somesh Mittal, CEO, Vikram Hospital, Bengaluru: “It is heartening to see over 30 doctors at our hospital pledge to donate their organs, including their liver, to help give a new lease of life to desperate patients waiting for years for an organ transplant. By practicing what they preach, they have set an example to the rest of the society.”