Staff Reporter

DINDIGUL: Apollo Hospitals has tied up with Kasturba Hospital, Gandhigram, to take world-class healthcare to the poor in remote and inaccessible villages in the district free of cost.

Apollo Hospitals will organise health education programmes in villages to create awareness among people and train personnel, says Preetha Reddy, Managing Director.

Signing the agreement at Kasturba Hospital at Chinnalapatti here on Saturday, she said Apollo Group would establish a nursing college. “This collaboration will touch the lives of many people in remote and inaccessible areas.”

The group would conduct camps for diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer with its Hospital on Wheels, a van equipped with diagnostic equipment, in more than 300 villages around Chinnalapatti. “Both of us will jointly work towards achieving integrated rural development with a thrust on health, education, economic development and social welfare,” she said.

Telemedicine facility

Through Apollo Group’s telemedicine facility, Kasturba Hospital would tap the expertise of Apollo Hospitals, Madurai, in paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, diabetology, nephrology and nutrition.

Apollo Group would conduct epidemiological research studies and offer a special training programme for physicians of Kasturba Hospital through the telemedicine facility, Ms. Preetha Reddy said. “It would also consider extending of Re.1 a day health insurance scheme, which was successfully implemented in 300 villages at Aragonda in Andhra Pradesh. We will consider providing drugs at a discounted price through Apollo Pharmacies under this programme.”