Dr Subhash Gupta is heading to Karachi to perform about three to four liver transplants and train local doctors in Paksitan.
This Indian liver transplant surgeon Dr Subhash Gupta has been performing liver transplants at the Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS), Karachi.
This time he is expected to perform "three to four liver transplant surgeries at the Ojha campus of DUHS", according an announcement made by the vice-chancellor of the university, Prof. Saeed Quraishy, at a medical conference organized by the Pak GI and Liver Diseases Society (PGLDS).
This visit is Dr. Gupta's second visit to the DUHS in three months. On December 2017, he had performed three transplants at the same institution and received shields of appreciation from the governor of Sindh, Dr Ishratul Ibad.
Dr Gupta is credited globally for his work in the field of liver transplantation. He pioneered the development of Living Donor Liver Transplant (LDLT) in India, and was recognized for successfully performing 300 LDLTs in 2013 at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital. He also received the Medical Council of India's Dr B.C. Roy Award by in 2016.
Medical crisis in Pakistan - Indian doctors to the rescue
According to the Express Tribune newspaper, Karachi's health sector faces a lack of trained human resources, due to which a large number of patients have to go out of the country for liver transplants.
Around 700-800 Pakistani patients go abroad for liver transplants every year, at a total cost of up to $4 million, the Dawn newspaper quoted liver transplant experts at Islamabad's Shifa International Hospitals as saying. More than 500 Pakistanis had received liver transplants in India until 2015, mostly at private hospitals like New Delhi's Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, where a liver transplant costs between Rs 20 to 32 lakh, along with the additional traveling expenses.
Indian doctors have also been setting up liver transplant camps across the border. In 2015, a 'peace clinic' program was set up between Karachi's Dr Ziauddin Hospital and Gurugram's Medanta, where Dr Arvinder Singh Soin conducted a camp for liver transplant patients.