| Staff REPORTER
ITANAGAR, Nov 7: In a bid to provide healthcare consultation services to the people of the state at their door steps, the Apollo Hospitals Group has spread its wings to Arunachal by launching an Information Centre here at ‘A’ Sector, Raj Bhawan road today.
Inaugurating the Apollo Hospitals Information Centre, local MLA Techi Kaso welcomed Apollo’s maiden entry into the state and hailed its effort to make its services more accessible to the people, while suggesting providing medical treatment to people at affordable rates.
P Shivakumar, CEO Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi and R Sudharshan, Vice Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Chennai, in a press meet here later in the day told reporters about the premier hospitals initiative to reach out to the broader mass.
The Information Centre would help facilitate information dissemination, guidance to patients travelling to Apollo Hospitals for advanced treatment, and consultations from specialist doctors.
Shivakumar stated, “Over the past years, the people of the state have been seeking treatment at various Apollo hospitals with post-treatment follow-up procedures. We realize that this entire process creates huge financial burden for many. With the introduction of Information Centre, one can forgo the frequent follow-up visits and avail prompt rescheduling and treatment in case of missed appointments as well.”
Responding to queries on the premium amount one has to pay for treatment, Shivakumar said, “We will take local economy into consideration. The local business partners will look into this aspect and help design various health screening packages. Forgoing all the checkups that are absolutely not necessary, every individual will have a customized treatment process. This will help in providing pro-health treatment at a highly subsidized rate.”
Sudharsan stated, “We have seen a lot of lifestyle changes that has led to us living a more sedentary routine. This in turn has given rise to many diseases which otherwise can be easily resolved, while cases of diseases are bound to increase manifold in India the following years. For this very reason, the IC and the basic idea of prevention come into play. Health check-up would ensure every organ is tested fit.”
In this regard, a two-day mega health awareness campaign ‘Apollo Day’ will be organized on Nov 15-16 with the commencement of the first consultation process. This would involve training on basic life support, health screening camps and medical educational programmes with activities focused on prevention and early detection of non-communicable diseases involving the police personnel and village headmen.