November 15, 2007

MedIndia Hospitals to launch rural voluntary health service

MedIndia Hospitals is launching a rural voluntary health service to screen the rural population of Tamil Nadu for digestive diseases and gastrointestinal cancers and offer subsidised treatment.

As part of the scheme, it is proposed to conduct free medical camps in rural areas to pick up these silent diseases at an early stage.

Poor and needy patients who are diagnosed with disease during the screening will be provided further investigations and treatment, excluding consumables and medicines, at a 30 per cent concessional rate.

The hospital has launched a helpline 09840993131 to advise the public on health and vaccination issues and to disseminate the services available under the voluntary health scheme. T. S. Chandrasekar, hospital chairman, said an estimated 3.5 per cent of the Indian population suffered from Hepatitis B virus and 1.5 per cent from Hepatitis C, both of which were silent killers. These hepatic infections could lead to permanent and serious liver damage.

According to World Health Organisation statistics, the incidence of digestive cancers ranged across esophagal cancer (11 per lakh of population), stomach cancer (7.5 per lakh), colon and rectal cancer (6.5 lakh) in men while in women the corresponding incidence of these diseases were 9 per lakh, 5 per lakh and 5.5 per lakh of population.MedIndia Hospitals has also commissioned a Video GI Manometry equipment to accurately detect motility disorders of the foodpipe and digestive system and to differentiate chest pain caused by heart disease and the food pipe.

The voluntary health scheme and the new facility were launched at a workshop on Saturday . MedIndia awards were also presented to senior teachers K.V. Thiruvengadam, S. Krishnan, V.I. Mathan, N. Rangabashyam, B. Krishna Rau and posthumously to Madanagopalan.

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