A day after Prime Minister Modi appealed to private hospitals to treat pregnant women free on the 9th of each month, Apollo Hospitals has pledged support with 9,000 doctors across its 64 hospitals.
On Friday, Dr Prathap C Reddy, chairman, Apollo Hospitals group said, “The Prime Minister made a clarion call to the medical fraternity and as a responsible healthcare provider, Apollo Hospitals will conduct camps on the 9th of every month with guidance from State Governments. Personally, I will participate in this national service and will also urge all my clinicians to devote a day each month for this laudable programme, which translates to over a million man hours of clinical talent a year. This initiative, I believe, will soon transform the healthcare status of India.”
Apart from obstetricians and gynaecologists, the effort will include paediatricians, internal medicine experts and general surgeons who will conduct camps across the country. According to the WHO reports, India has one doctor for every 1,600 persons, while the need is for one per 1,000 at least.
Drawing attention to the increase of diabetic and cancer patients in the country, Dr Reddy added, “India has close to 65 million diabetics, twice that number of pre-diabetics, and over a million new cases of cancer are detected each year. Coronary heart disease is on the rise with poor lifestyles. We are witnessing the growth in lifestyle diseases across urban and rural India and I believe that these medical camps, with guidance of the State Governments, will help the nation wage a war against this disease burden.”