MANGALDAI, Feb 22 - Internationally-acclaimed organ transplant surgeon and Padma Shri Award recipient Dr Sarbeswar Sahariah has cautioned the younger generation of Assam against cultivating the habit of drinking excessive alcohol at the cost of developing life threatening liver disorder, following which an early grave is almost always imminent.
“Alcoholic liver disease has presently become very alarming all over the world. According to a WHO survey, it has turned out to be the 10th-most common cause of death in India,” Dr Sahariah said.
He was delivering a speech on the topic, ‘Living with Organ Failure’ in sync with a popular talk organised by the Institutional-Level Bio-Tech (ILBT) Hub of Mangaldai College with support from voluntary organisations, namely North East Care Foundation, Guwahati and Crystal Vision of Mangaldai at the Science Gallery of Mangaldai College on Thursday.
Discussing the major causes of organ failure, Dr Sahariah observed that in India, gradual decrease in the average age of alcohol consumption pegged at 16 years, it has adversely affected most people in the age group of 30 to 40 years.
Painting a bleak future provided drastic change is not initiated, he said, “this disease is likely to affect every five Indians in the days to come.”
Dr Sahariah, it may be mentioned, is an eminent doctor-cum-scholar in the field of organ transplantation. He is credited with around 3,500 successful organ transplant operations.
During his 45-minute discourse supported by power-point presentation, he dwelt at length on various issues related to organ failure, effective measures to prevent such a catastrophe, advanced techniques to prevent organ failure, statistics showing the world scenario of organ donation, legal provisions dealing with organ donation, difference between cardiac death and brain death, and the importance of public awareness on brain death (cadaver) organ donation, among others.
Urging the students and the teachers’ community present to become role models in motivating the society, Dr Sahariah said, “A single cadaver donor can save eight dying persons at a time.”
The seminar ended with a vote of thanks from assistant professor Dr Seemajyoti. It was anchored by Dr Pratibha Deka, Coordinator of ILBT-Hub.
Earlier, Dr Khagendra Kumar Nath, Principal of the college presented the welcome address. He subsequently felicitated speaker Dr Sahariah, a worthy son of Mangaldai with traditional phulam gamusa and sorai. The seminar was attended by nearly 200 students, besides faculty members, representatives of local NGOs and mediapersons, among others.