Indian Institute of Liver and Digestive Diseases (IILDS), Sonarpur, has got the licence to conduct liver transplant surgery on Tuesday. The three-and-a-half-year-old institute became the fifth one to get this licence from the health department.
A brainchild of Liver Foundation West Bengal (LFWB), IILDS is the second such institute in the country that specialises in liver and digestive care. The other one is Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences. Run on the cross-subsidization model, the IILDS was inaugurated in February 2016 with OPD services; the in-patient services started in May 2017 and it has now turned into a 100-bed facility.
“We will begin with living-donor transplants. The institute will be conducting the first transplant very soon,” said Partha Sarathi Mukherjee, executive director, IILDS.
SSKM Hospital was the first to start liver transplant surgery in the state and is also the only government hospital to have such a facility. Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals followed suit. Other hospitals in Kolkata that have liver transplant facilities include Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences, Medica Superspecialty Hospital and CMRI.
The cost of the surgery in a private hospital ranges between Rs 25 lakh to Rs 30 lakh in case of living donor. The cost is lower in case of a deceased donor transplant. Since IILDS runs on a cross-subsidy model, the cost is expected to be almost half of that.
“The cost of liver transplant here will be around Rs 15 lakh,” said Dr Abhijit Chowdhury, secretary in the governance body of IILDS.
The hospital has the likes of doctors Kalyan Bose, Asokananda Konar and G K Dhali on board. Apart from patient care services, the institute on the southern fringes of the city has plans to get into research activities.
Source: Times of India