An Indian surgeon, Prof Dr Subhash Gupta, will be visiting Karachi to perform three to four liver transplants at the Ojha campus of Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS).
He will also train a team of Pakistani surgeons so that they can carry out the complicated surgery locally sans the supervision of any foreign expert in future. The visit comes despite the tensions between India and Pakistan at the border and ongoing clashes between the two countries along the Line of Control in Kashmir.
Prof Saeed Quraishy, the DUHS Vice-Chancellor, announced at a medical conference that Dr Gupta will be arriving in Karachi to carry out the liver transplant surgeries this month at the Ojha campus. However, this is not the first time Dr Gupta will be visiting the country. Earlier in December 2017 too, he had performed liver transplant surgeries in Karachi.
According to Prof Quraishy, the nation faces a basic hurdle of lack of trained human resources to perform liver transplants locally. This, according to him, is pushing the patients who need to undergo liver transplants to either visit the Shifa International Hospital in Islamabad or abroad. However, after Dr Gupta’s visit, Prof Quraishy is hopeful that after learning from the Indian and other countries’ surgeons, doctors in Pakistan would be able to perform liver transplants without the supervision of any foreign expert.
As per a report, 56-year-old Dr Gupta is based in Delhi and is currently holding the post of the chairman of Liver and Biliary Sciences department at odf super speciality jhospital.