Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

After a long wait of 11 years, liver transplant process has commenced at the SCB Medical College and Hospital (SCB MCH) in Cuttack. SCB on Wednesday created history as the complex treatment process has been facilitated for the first time in the State.

The advance treatment has begun at the special modular operation theatre at the trauma building on the hospital premises.

As per SCB medical sources, registration of as many as three persons have already been completed for the transplant. Liver of a woman will be transplanted in his husband at the special modular operation theatre of the hospital today. The complex operation process will take around 12 to 13 hours.

An MOU has been signed between Asian Institute of Gastroenterology (AIG), Hyderabad and SCB for the liver transplantation process. A joint team of doctors from AIG and SCB will carry out the process.

Odisha government had announced to start the liver transplant unit at SCB in 2013. It was announced a year after a kidney transplant unit started functioning in the hospital. A sum of Rs 22 crore was sanctioned for setting up the unit. 

The then Health and Family Welfare Minister Naba Kishore Das inaugurated the liver transplant OPD in the super speciality block on October 25, 2021. As many as 16 patients had registered their names with the OPD on day one. 

Later, the OPD was shifted to hepatology department which was again inaugurated by Das on September 29 in the next year. However, the commencement of the liver transplant facility at SCB MCH got delayed as the gastro intestinal surgery and hepatology departments were functioning without professors. 

Moreover, majority of the doctors, nurses and paramedical staffs who had undergone training twice for liver transplant surgery were also retired and in the process the initiative got delayed.

Notably, liver transplant costs anything between Rs 25 lakh and Rs 30 lakh in corporate hospitals across India. However, in a good news to the people of Odisha, the State government is planning to make it affordable at SCB MCH.