Liver diseases claim about 3,000 lives annually in Kerala

Friday, Jul 17, 2015,20:36 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Thiruvananthapuram | About 3,000 people die every year due to liver diseases, compared to the national average of 70,000, in Kerala.
As the liver ailments are on the rise in the State, the Trivandrum Medical College here has decided to open a Liver Transplantation Unit soon as liver plantation is the only treatment modality for patients succumbing to chronic liver failure, according to health department sources here today.
Private hospitals in Kerala charge Rs 40 lakh for liver transplantation, causing financial burden on patients. After the opening of the new unit in Trivandrum Medical College, the total transplantation cost would come down to Rs 8.5 lakh of which Rs four lakh would be borne by the State Government under Karunya Benevolent Scheme.
According to a study Kerala has the highest rate of consumption of alcohol in the country. Alcohol induced liver diseases like alcoholic fatty liver, alcohol hepatitis, alcohol cirrhosis are on the rise in the State.