Soon vans in rural belts to nip gastro diseases at early stage

Deccan Chronicle.

Lifestyle, Health and Wellbeing

Doctors deliberated on the increasing incidence of GI diseases and found most patients were coming too late.

Explained Dr D Nageshwar Reddy, chairman of the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology: “The changes in endoscopy are helping diagnose diseases early." (Representational image)

HYDERABAD: To ensure that the benefits of technology reach people, the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology is introducing newly designed vans for use in rural areas where the diagnostics of gastro diseases can be carried out at the base level.  

Explained Dr D Nageshwar Reddy, chairman of the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology: “The changes in endoscopy are helping diagnose diseases early. We are working towards developing rural vans where these diagnostics can be carried out at the base level to benefit the people.”

In the World Congress of GI Endoscopy, doctors deliberated on the increasing incidence of GI diseases and found most patients were coming too late to the specialised centres, due to which their condition often deteriorated.  

Dr Reddy said, “We are looking at the means wherein we can identify a patient early and give them the required treatment which will entail minimal cost rather than coming later with complications. The outreach programme of mobile vans is found to be of help and we are collaborating with the government on the same.”

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