'Challenges of NCDs are severe' - The New Indian Express

'Challenges of NCDs are severe'

Published: 18th September 2013 07:31 AM

Last Updated: 18th September 2013 07:31 AM

The cost of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) to the world have risen to 40 trillion dollars in 2030 and India share’s would be 19 per cent, said Dr Prathap C Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals.

The doctor was speaking at a function organised to celebrate 30 years of Apollo Hospitals in the city on Tuesday when he said that the new challenges we faced in terms of non-communicable disease – diabetes, heart disease and cancer were severe and that his hospital will be taking several steps in the coming years to address it. “It’s terrible what NCDs can do. Innovation is the byword in all the departments in Apollo. It’ll be a bottoms-up approach,” the chairman said.

Recalling the hardships they had faced on the path to becoming what they were today, the doctor announced that the hospital would soon launch a minimal robotic oncology surgery unit.  “In 2013, we became the world number one in solid organ transplant. This year, we will make people aware that they have to look after themselves. We will seamlessly connect hospitals to clinics and individuals,” Dr Prathap C Reddy said and added that his hospital would work towards making a healthy country as health affected both the individual and entire nation’s growth and economy.

Announcing their future expansion plans, Suneeta Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group said they would be adding another 2400 beds in the next 36 months in tier II cities. “We offer high end interventions in tier III locations like Karaikudi, Karim Nagar and Kakinada,” she said. The JMD also recalled that Apollo was launched at a time when the country did not have good healthcare and that throughout their journey, they maintained quality.

To commemorate their 30th anniversary, the hospital would be screening 30,000 people across the state following their agenda of preventive care. Preetha Reddy, Managing Director, said “Our mission had always been to bring healthcare of international standards within the reach of every individual.  In reaching people in tier 2 cities, we already have 10 of them functioning,” she said.

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