Samsung India Electronics and the Apollo Hospitals Group recently launched the ‘Samsung-Apollo Mobile Clinic’ to provide the less privileged access to quality and preventive healthcare against a growing number of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). With this programme, the two organisations aim at leveraging technology to ensure that citizens in rural areas requiring healthcare get access to it.
The Samsung-Apollo Mobile Clinic was inaugurated by Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit in the presence of Dr Prathap C. Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group; Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals; and Jae Young-Yang, Managing Director, Samsung Manufacturing Plant, Chennai.
The Samsung-Apollo Mobile Clinic is well equipped with high-end technology for advanced screening of NCDs, which are a growing menace across the world. Responsible for over 50% of the deaths, such NCDs as diabetes, cancer, hypertension and cardiac ailments result in the largest number of fatalities in India. The Samsung-Apollo Mobile Clinic is targeted to win the battle against NCDs by driving awareness and through early detection and preventive screening.
People in the rural areas will receive free-of-cost access to primary screening. Medical professionals from Apollo Hospitals will be engaged in executing the primary requirements of screening and camps through this initiative.
Encouraging this initiative, Purohit said, “It’s a commendable partnership between Samsung and Apollo Hospitals and I appreciate their endeavour towards serving India and making it healthier. Together, Samsung and Apollo Hospitals will now ensure that they reach citizens by creating access to quality prevention and early detection services right at their doorstep. Healthcare needs increased focus and I’m happy to be a part of this journey to make a difference.”
‘Addressing the accessibility challenge’
‘The biggest challenge in India is to make healthcare facilities accessible to one and all — especially in the wake of the growing incidence of NCDs. An estimated 17 million people die of cardiovascular diseases worldwide each year. The solution to all this is early detection and prevention. But, in our vast country, everyone can’t get access to hospitals due to time and distance constraints. Apollo Hospitals has decided to take the accessibility challenge head-on. Powered by Samsung, we now have a mobile clinic which will reach everyone who needs healthcare. We’re starting this with Tamil Nadu and will soon spread this across other states, as well. Our fight with NCDs isn’t limited to the metros. So, why must our healthcare be limited to hospitals? Apollo Hospitals will reach every citizen and ensure we all stay healthy. Only healthy and happy citizens can build a prosperous India. And, at Apollo, we’re doing our bit to ensure just that.’
- Dr Prathap C. Reddy, Executive Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group
‘Samsung believes in transforming communities and creating a better life for people. We’re pleased to partner with Apollo Hospitals for the Samsung-Apollo Mobile Clinic, that’ll provide free medical screening camps and primary healthcare services for non-communicable diseases to the less-privileged in Tamil Nadu. Through this collaboration, we aspire to bridge the gap and provide access to quality healthcare facilities to the people of the state.’
- Peter Rhee, Corporate Vice-President, Samsung India