President Pranab Mukherjee will pay a two-day visit to West Bengal from tomorrow, during which he will inaugurate the first full-fledged healthcare institute dedicated to liver diseases in eastern India.
The president will inaugurate the Indian Institute of Liver and Digestive Sciences, set up by the Liver Foundation West Bengal, in Sonarpur in the southern suburbs of Kolkata on Thursday.
On Friday, the president will attend a medical award ceremony of the Dr. Malati Allen Charitable Trust and inaugurate an integrated rooftop power generating facility at the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology at Shibpur in Howrah, before leaving for Delhi.
The Indian Institute of Liver and Digestive Sciences, spread over a four-acre plot, has a 100-bed inpatient section.
It has a six-bed intensive therapy unit (ITU) and two theatres equipped to carry out all gastrointestinal and hepatopancreatobiliary surgeries inclusive of liver transplantation, besides an outpatient section.
The outdoor section of the institute has been functioning since February 2016, drawing an average of 50-60 patients daily, said Partha S Mukherjee, project director and chief functionary of the Liver Foundation West Bengal, a not-for- profit organisation.
This is the first institute in eastern India dedicated to liver and digestive sciences, he said, adding that the other two such facilities are in Delhi and Hyderabad. The institute will be a boon for people suffering from liver diseases, which claim an estimated 2,00,000 lives every year in India.