Health delegation from Apollo Hospital Group of India meet stakeholders in Accra
A delegation from the Apollo Hospitals Group of India on Monday met with stakeholders at a meeting in Accra to collaborate, share ideas and best practices on the way forward to improving Ghana’s health care service delivery.
The four-man delegation, who are on a three-day visit in the country at the invitation of Ghana’s Deputy Minister of Health, Mr Rojo Mettle-Nunoo, would among other things visit some selected health facilities in the country to ascertain the method of health service delivery to see how best they could assist Ghana.
Dr Ebenezer Appiah Denkyira, Director, Human Resources of the Ministry of Health, at a stakeholder forum in Accra on Monday to welcome the delegation, explained that the Minister became attracted to the operations and high level of performance in health service delivery of the Apollo Hospital during his recent visit to India.
He said based upon several discussions the team was invited to share their experiences as well as achievements with Ghana in order to deepen collaborations and further consider a possible investment into Ghana’s health sector.
He expressed the hope that Ghana would capitalise on the lessons from the Group to enhance the quality of life of the citizenry.
Dr Sumanta Ray, Senior Vice President, Group Marketing, Apollo Hospital, explained that with over 9,000 beds across 54 hospitals within and outside India, the Apollo Hospitals Group was one of the largest healthcare groups in Asia.
He said the hospital though commenced in 1983 as a 150-bed hospital, had grown exponentially both in India and overseas. Its growth is often said to be synonymous with India emerging as a major hub in global healthcare.
He said India at the time was faced with challenges such as lack of access to quality health care services and lack of basic health infrastructure and therefore the group became the catalyst for the country’s health care revolution.
“The legacy of touching lives stems from the four pillars of our philosophy – experience, excellence, expertise and research,” he said.
He further stressed, “at Apollo Hospitals, we unite exceptional clinical success rates and superior technology with centuries-old traditions of Eastern care and warmth, as we truly believe the world is our extended family – something our 19 million patients from 55 countries can warmly affirm.”
Dr Ray indicated that the Apollo Hospitals were driven by a single thrust, to provide the best standards of patient care and that passion had led to the development of unique centers of excellence across medical disciplines, within the Hospital’s network.
He said true to its founding principles, the group had made quality healthcare accessible to the people of India, and even overseas and had become an institution of trust and a beacon of hope to so many searching for a cure for their ailments.
Dr Ray said Apollo Hospitals Group, was currently an integrated healthcare organization that owns and manages hospitals, diagnostic clinics, dispensing pharmacies and consultancy services.
In addition, the group’s service offerings include healthcare at the patient’s doorstep, clinical and diagnostic services, medical business process outsourcing, third party administration services and health insurance, he said.
The company also makes available the services to support business, telemedicine services, education, training programs and research services and a host of other non-profit projects.
Dr Girish B. Navasundi, a Consultant Cardiologist, in a presentation, said the Group had achieved tremendous successes through simple, but effective technologies in cardio-vascular, liver and kidney diseases.
Presenting an overview on some interventions made by the hospital in solving heart diseases, he said, very effective technologies had been employed to achieve excellent results that had improved the lives of patients making them live healthier lives than before.
He indicated that Coronary Artery Diseases (CAD) had been found to be currently the number one killer responsible for one out of five deaths globally and accounting for about 14.5 million deaths each year.
Dr Navasundi advised healthier lifestyles, which include eating foods with less cholesterol, frequent exercising as well as frequent health checks for early detection and treatment of CADs.