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Dr. Catherine Teh, co-chairperson , NKTI Liver Transplant Program, guested in GMA 7 News to Go Program and discussed liver disease in depth. This interview was brought about by the approval of PCSO in providing financial assistance to indigent patients who will undergo liver transplant.
According to the World Health Organization, our country is still hyperendemic for Hepatitis B infection with an estimated prevalence rate of 16%. This translated to 16 million Filipinos who are currently chronic carriers of Hepatitis B and a great majority of these patients belong to the marginalized groups of the community.
To address this alarming concern, NKTI Liver Center intensified its advocacy to increase the public awareness on the clinical manifestations, diagnosis and prevention of various liver diseases through lay fora, lobby exhibits and hepatitis screening. In line with the celebration of the World Hepatitis Day, the Center held its celebration last July 27, 2015. Fifteen participants joined in the on-the-spot drawing contest as one of the highlights of the celebration.
This lay forum followed the celebration served about 100 patients who availed of free screening for hepatitis B.
The advocacy on preventing hepatitis became not only informative but also hopeful as World Hepatitis Day was celebrated that day.
Last February 16, 2016, NKTI Liver Transplant Program hosted a Liver Center Symposium held at Dr. Claver Ramos Auditorium. In this symposium articles were presented by highly respected experts in the field of liver transplantation.
This symposium featured two distinguished experts. Dr. Maria Isabel Fiel, Senior Pathologist of Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, had discussed the liver transplantation complications with emphasis on Plasma Cell Hepatitis and antibody-mediated rejection.
Her talk was followed by Dr. Johnny C. Hong, Associate Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery Medical College of Wisconsin. He spoke on the topic Surgical Innovation of Liver Transplantation: “Pushing the Envelope to Expand the Donor Pool.”
An after forum followed and further discussed the topics presented in the symposium.