Chennai: Samsung India Electronics has teamed up with the Apollo Hospitals Group on Wednesday to launch the 'Samsung-Apollo Mobile Clinic' to provide access to quality, preventive healthcare against growing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) to the less privileged in rural areas.
The mobile clinic is equipped with high-end technology for advanced screening of NCDs and is expected to increase awareness, besides helping in cure through early detection and preventive screening. Rural people will receive free-of-cost access to primary screening. Medical professionals from Apollo Hospitals will be engaged to execute the primary requirement of screening and camps through this initiative.NCDs are a growing menace across the world. Responsible for over 50 per cent of deaths, NCDs like diabetes, cancer, hypertension and cardiac ailments cause majority of the fatalities in India.
Commending the effort while inaugurating the clinic, TN Governor Banwarilal Purohit said healthcare needed increased focus and he's "happy to be part of this journey to make a difference".
Dr Prathap C Reddy, executive chairman of the Apollo Hospitals Group pointed out that the biggest challenge in India "is to make healthcare accessible to all, especially in the wake of the rising incidences of NCDs". An estimated 17 million people die of cardiovascular diseases worldwide every year and the real solution to all this is early detection and prevention. "But in our vast country, everyone cannot access hospitals due to time and distance issues. Apollo Hospitals decided to take the accessibility challenge head on. Powered by Samsung, we now have a mobile clinic which will reach everyone who needs healthcare", said Dr Reddy, adding, "Only healthy and happy citizens can build a prosperous India".
Pledging involvement with Apollo in "transforming communities and creating better life for people", corporate vice-president Peter Rhee of Samsung India said his company through this collaboration aspired to provide quality healthcare to the people of Tamil Nadu....