Start With Preventive Care

By Moderator July 1, 2019 13:42

Prathap C. Reddy is Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group, highlight the challenges imposed by Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and the importance of preventive care.

Development in Healthcare

  • There are fabulous developments taking place in healthcare today. Health is on the national agenda for the first time after Independence.
    • Ayushman Bharat is a game-changer. It will cover the cost of medical care for almost 40% of India’s population, while the 1,50,000 Health and Wellness Centres being developed will strengthen the national focus on preventive healthcare.
  • Innovative plans are on the anvil to boost medical education and hospital infrastructure.
  • Skilling for healthcare is gaining momentum, and will undoubtedly be a key engine for job creation.
  • Millions of medical value travellers from over a hundred countries are choosing India for medical and surgical treatment.
  • Huge investments are being made to build hospitals, contemporary medical centres and remote healthcare models.


  • Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are a big challenge today and need serious tackling. There are only finite manpower and resources to manage the problem.
    • The World Health Organization has been ringing the warning bells for the last few years on the challenges that NCDs pose.
    • NCDs have been rapidly growing.
    • Cancer, stroke, obesity and diabetes are some of the ailments growing at an alarming pace. They affect people across ages and threaten the younger population a lot more than the older population.

The entire medical fraternity must come together to tackle this threat with a disruptive and innovative approach of creating a continuum of care. This will enable healthcare to start from preventive care instead of limiting medical excellence to curative care. Doctors must encourage an attitude of care continuum among patients.

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By Moderator July 1, 2019 13:42