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Liver transplantation next sentinel step for Jipmer

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Ready to provide requisite support to Puducherry hospitals

Director of Jipmer T.S. Ravikumar addressing a World Kidney Day function at Jipmer in Puducherry on Thursday.— Photo: T. Singaravelou
Director of Jipmer T.S. Ravikumar addressing a World Kidney Day function at Jipmer in Puducherry on Thursday.— Photo: T. Singaravelou

By next year, the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research would be starting liver transplantation as well as disease donor transplantation, Jipmer director T.S. Ravikumar said.

Keeping in mind their mandate to be a multi-organ transplantation centre, the institute would be using liver transplantation as its next sentinel step towards the goal, he said speaking at the World Kidney Day function here on Thursday.

Jipmer would also provide the requisite support to other hospitals in Puducherry to improve the quality of disease donor transplantation, to bring it up to Tamil Nadu’s standards.

In order to improve the care for patients with Chronic Kidney Diseases, Jipmer would be receiving three or four more dialysis machines from the Rotary Club.

They were looking for support from other NGOs as well in order to improve the patient services offered, he said.

In the meanwhile, Jipmer would be setting up a registry for Acute Kidney Diseases.

This would allow doctors to track the disease and find the root cause and co-morbid conditions that would help in better understanding population health.

Speaking of the partnership between Columbia University and Jipmer, he said they were currently paired as sister concerns in the field of renal care, but Jipmer was looking to expand this partnership with further Memoranda of Understanding.

In his address, Senior Nephrologist and Interventional Nephrologist at the Meenakshi Mission Hospital K. Sampathkumar said that there was a dire need for more nephrologists, both in India and around the world.

In recent years, there had been a 10 per cent decline in the number of nephrologists and a 40 per cent decline in the number of academic nephologists, he said.

Assistant Professor of Paediatrics K. Sriram Krishnamurthy presented the findings of his study on Acute Kidney Disease in Jipmer that was published a month ago.

During the function, the nine donors who had given their kidneys to relatives were felicitated.

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