Digestive system related diseases are a major strain to the health care system of the country and is a major reason for loss of national productivity and lost man-days. Disease affecting esophagus, stomach, intestines, liver and pancreas constitute gastroenterological diseases of which liver diseases are most prevalent and most life threatening. Hepatitis viruses constitute a major global health risk with around 240 million people being chronically infected with hepatitis B and around 150 million people chronically infected with hepatitis C.
In India 42% of the population suffers from one of the disease that can be classified as gastroenterological. Gastroduodenitis is the most common of the Upper Gastrointestinal Diseases.