Hyderabad: The hard work put in by doctors was acknowledged by Sachin Tendulkar when he mentioned how Dr Nageshwar Reddy, chairman of the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology (AIG), works till 1.30 in the night and is available by 7.30 am for a surgery.
The commitment and passion Dr Reddy has for medicine, is the same as his own commitment to cricket, said Mr Tendulkar, who was the chief guest at AIG’s 25th year celebrations in Hyderabad. The hospital, which started as an out-patient department, is now a full-fledged and reputed gastroenterology hospital not only in the country but the world.
Over 25,00,000 patients have passed through its doors in the past 25 years. AIG is also committed to community service and around one crore people have been screened for gastro-intestinal disorders through community and rural screening programmes that are free.
Dr Reddy, in an interactive session with the cricketing legend, talked about cricket and also the need for sports medicine in India as most Indian sportsmen are going to Australia and the United Kingdom for treatment.
Mr Tendulkar, who took a tour of the hospital, is considered ‘lucky’ by Dr Reddy as he had also visited his hospital in Somajiguda in the year 2005.
AIG’s in-patient services started in 1994 and expanded in 2004 in Somajiguda.
During this 25-year period, it evolved from a clinical care hospital to carrying out cutting-edge research and training in gastro-enterology. It is also the first centre in the world to use flexible robotic endoscopic techniques in gastric cancer.