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The surgery team included three liver and pancreas transplant consultant surgeons, Dr Hatem Khalaf, Dr Mohamed Shoudry and Dr Henrique Yaktsen, in addition to liver transplant specialist, Dr Ahmed Khalil and consultant anaesthesiologist Mohamed Nagy al-Masri.
Apollo Hospitals conducted the first successful Kidney Transplant in June 1984 in Chennai, and the first successful bone marrow transplant in July 1995 and the first successful Liver transplant in India in November 1998.
In his address to the opening works, public health minister Mondher Zenaidi said this congress will allow to develop Arab co-operation in matters of liver transplant and to get acquainted with the latest innovations relating to new medical equipment and surgical techniques.
Live transplant operations are an established procedure for kidneys as donors can survive with only one, but until now there has never been a live liver transplant done by surgeons in a North East hospital.
Among them was Tilly Hale, 66, from Cramlington, Northumberland, who had a liver transplant using the more common deceased-donor method.
Prof Gupta had performed the last liver transplant at the Ojha campus of DUHS in December.
Dr Gupta is coming to Karachi this month to carry out three to four liver transplant surgeries at the Ojha campus of DUHS,' announced DUHS Vice-Chancellor Prof Saeed Quraishy at a medical conference on gastroenterology and liver diseases, organised by Pak GI and Liver Diseases Society (PGLDS) on Saturday.
Indian liver transplant surgeon Dr Subhash Gupta is arriving in Karachi this month (in March) to carry out three to four liver transplant surgeries at the Ojha Campus of Dow University of Health Sciences,' Prof Saeed Quraishy, vice chancellor of DUHS, announced on the sidelines of a scientific conference on gastroenterology and liver diseases organised by the Pak GI and Liver Diseases Society (PGLDS) at a hotel here on Saturday.
He said that 95 posts of different cadres were sanctioned at the time of establishment of centre for liver disease and liver transplant in PIMS, out of these posts, 57 posts are filled and 38 posts are still vacant.
The minister, however, said that the position pertaining to the highly skilled professionals like consultant anaesthetist liver transplant surgery, consultant radiologist (interventional), consultant hepatobiliary and liver transplant surgeon and consultant hepatologist could not be filled.
Hammami said the ministry will work to ensure that liver transplant operations continue in Tunisia, while investing in other similar areas of health, a sector in which Tunisia has reached, according to him, "the export of health services ", voicing keenness to make Tunisia a care destination.
According to media reports , PC-1 of Rs4 billion for the construction of Liver Transplant Centre in Rawalpindi Division has already been forwarded to Punjab Government.