There is only one liver specialist for every two million people in Bangladesh, while one of every three persons, totaling around 5 crore, is affected by liver diseases, according to experts.
Besides, one crore people are suffering from chronic hepatitis disease. They said to reduce the number of liver patients, doctors specialised in liver diseases must be increased to at least one thousand.
It is also necessary to build a separate liver research organization, they opined. Experts said, though the influence of liver complication is increasing day by day, the number of liver specialist doctors in the country is less than one hundred.
Liver diseases such as Cirrhosis and Liver Cancer are the eighth most common cause of death in Bangladesh. To prevent it, we need to raise awareness among the people about the disease, said expert doctors.
Shahinul Alam, associate professor at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) and also general secretary of Hepatology Society, Dhaka said, there is one liver specialist for every two million people in Bangladesh. To defeat this disease, more than one hundred specialists will be needed.
He said, in the country, more than 4.5 crore people are affected by fatty liver disease. It is very important to have a separate liver institute. Besides, all concerned should take initiative to do liver transplantation.
Brig (Retd) Abdul Malek, National Professor and founder president of the National Heart Foundation said, liver disease is such a terrible disease that not only the patient, but also many doctors do not fully know how to treat it.
He said, to be free from the disease, we have to raise awareness among the people. For this, it is necessary to have a separate liver research institute.
About jaundice, he said that it is a water-borne disease. The people of the village drink tube well water while in the cities, people drink water supplied by WASA, which is not pure at all. As a result, the city people are the worst sufferers of jaundice.
The expert doctors came up with observation at the 5th International Liver Conference in the city’s Sonargaon Hotel, organised by the Hepatology Society recently.