Strong proactive steps taken by Government for prevention of Hepatitis is the need of the hour says Hepatologist, Dr Samir Shah, on the occasion of World Hepatitis Day, Sunday, July 28. The theme this year is: ‘This is hepatitis. Know it. Confront it.’
According to World Health Organization, 350 million people worldwide have been infected with hepatitis-B virus and about 500,000 thousand people die every year as a result of hepatitis-B infection. Studies reveal that 90%-100% of the population acquires anti-HAV (Hepatitis-A Virus) antibody and becomes immune by adolescence. Many epidemics of HEV (Hepatitis-E Virus) have been reported from India. India has intermediate HBV (Hepatitis-B Virus) endemicity; with a carrier frequency of 2%-4%. India is home to 11% of the world’s people with chronic hepatitis B and the number of deaths from hepatocellular carcinoma or cirrhosis each year is between 100,000 and 200,000.
Dr. Samir Shah, HOD – Hepatology Director – Global Hospitals, Mumbai says, “Hepatitis is often referred to as ‘silent killer’ because liver damage can gradually occur over many years before being discovered and can be a sign of Liver failure. Hepatitis is far more easily transmitted than HIV and injury in health care. The need of the hour is strong proactive steps taken by Government which can help in prevention of Hepatitis B and making the next generation Hepatitis free.”
Global Hospitals Mumbai has launched the campaign “I promise to love my liver”, through which they are reaching out to employees of different corporate houses and housing societies across the city and organize health check up camps, health sessions and lectures to raise awareness about Hepatitis.
Specialist in Hepatobiliary Diseases- HOD – Hepatology Director – Global Hospitals, Mumbai Dr. Samir Shah is an HOD at Global Hospitals Mumbai. After finishing M.D. in medicine from Grant Medical College, Bombay in 1982, he was selected to do a two-year degree course in Gastroenterology at the Christian Medical College, Vellore. He has been a member of the Editorial Board of Indian Journal of Gastroenterology and was elected as the Secretary of the Indian Association for study of the liver for the period 1995-1997. He has been awarded the Hargobind Foundation Scholarship and has returned back after a one-year fellowship in Hepatology and Liver transplant at the Institute of Hepatology, University College London with Prof. Roger Williams. He has been the driving force to co-ordinate efforts to start a cadaveric organ transplant programme in the country and Mumbai in particular. He was involved with the first successful liver transplant in Mumbai where a father donated part of his liver to his daughter. He is the founder member and the general secretary of the National Liver Foundation. He is a Council Member of “International Liaison Committee, Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL).
Global Hospitals Group is one of the fast growing chains of multi super specialty tertiary care Hospitals in India offering healthcare services of international standards. With over 2000 beds, the Group currently has nine state-of the art and world class hospitals offering advanced patient care, at Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai. With the most comprehensive multi-organ transplant services in the country, the Group has carved out a niche for itself by excelling in areas ranging from simple procedures to complex surgeries and multi-organ transplantation services for liver, pancreas, kidney heart and lungs. It has evolved to become a one-stop healthcare destination for people from across the world. Recognized for internationally reputed doctors and cutting-edge medical technologies, the Group’s Hospitals have achieved several milestones by performing rare, pioneering surgeries and transplantations. Global Hospitals Group is also spearheading advanced stem-cell research and academic programs.
The article appeared in The Times of India on August 1st, 2013.