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Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center, India’s partner hospital for the liver transplant program

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In order to establish a liver transplant center that can serve patients, the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) and the Apollo Hospital in New Delhi, India, are expanding their collaboration.

BGHMC director Dr. Ricardo Runez said this would open the door for the availability of more surgical treatments in the area as the first regional support fora were launched on Tuesday.

This implies that individuals with liver illness do not need to travel to Metro Manila or overseas to receive treatment.

He stated that they are working toward building a cutting-edge clinic that will care for patients who currently need to travel for transplants.

The doctor added that the primary strategy is to serve youngsters before moving on to serving adult patients.

Hopefully, we’ll return for the center’s official opening in two to three years, he said.

The doctor claimed that after understanding that many patients with liver disease are forced to pay extra to access the services outside the city or even the nation, the idea for the liver transplant clinic was conceived.

In an interview conducted on the sidelines of the event, pediatric gastroenterologist Dr. Judy Lyn Vitug, who is representing BGHMC in north Luzon, stated that “for the past 10 years, we have been handling patients, constantly attending to them but not all are successful.”

She claimed that the BGHMC employs multi-specialty physicians who support international liver transplant fundraising.

The relationship will be sustained, Vitug added. “Right now we are setting up the center so that we may have a liver center at BGHMC and we hope and pray na magiging viable po sa atin (that this is practical to us).”

The agreement includes educating medical professionals on how to manage and carry out liver transplant operations at BGHMC.

She said that at least 15 people with successful kidney transplants exist, the majority of whom are children.

At least 10 to 15 percent of patients with liver illness are children, according to a briefing given at the event by Dr. Germana Emerita Gregorio, a pediatric hepatologist and gastroenterologist at the University of the Philippines, Manila.

She claimed that liver transplants had been done successfully as early as the 1980s.

Gregorio added that 172 successful liver transplants were performed on Filipinos with liver illness between 2001 and 2021. Indraprastha Apollo Hospital and the Max Super Specialty hospital in India each performed 122 of the procedures.


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