BHUBANESWAR: Governor SC Jamir exhorted the healthcare strategists to continuously innovate and find new ways to deliver better services. Speaking during the inauguration of a stroke care unit in Apollo Hospitals here on Friday, the Governor asked the healthcare strategists to ensure that people have access to quality treatment as the demand is expected to grow in coming years with the rise of ageing population.
The advanced centre is a multi-disciplinary facility where patients will be assessed by doctors, specialist nurses, physio and speech therapists to plan a comprehensive treatment management.
“Building infrastructure is important. But, it is also equally important to integrate the care and design healthcare facilities to serve better. The unit will not only facilitate timely care to brain stroke patients but also help such patients get treatment of international standards in the State,” the Governor said.
With the best equipment in its class, the seven-bed intensive care unit having doctors of international repute is expected to add a new dimension in patient care.
Regional Chief Executive Officer of Apollo Hospitals Sudhir M Diggikar said, “The stroke centre has all the facilities needed for acute patients. The facilities for intra-arterial and intra-venous thromobolysis will make the unit one of the most preferred centres for people requiring specialised care,” Diggikar added.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Neurologist of Apollo Hospitals Bikash Kumar Mishra said, developing countries like India are facing a double burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases. “Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the country. Lifestyle related diseases are surging ahead at an alarming rate which has direct bearing on the stroke cases,” he said.
Among others, Senior Neuro Surgery Consultant Dr (Brig) PK Sahoo, Senior Neurology Consultant Dr Antaryami Nanda and Medical Superintendent Dr (Brig) Biraj Mohan Mishra were present.