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Hospital celebrates 67 successful heart surgeries

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Preetha Reddy, MD, Apollo Hospitals Group speaking in Karaikudi on Sunday.— Photo: L. Balachandar
Preetha Reddy, MD, Apollo Hospitals Group speaking in Karaikudi on Sunday.— Photo: L. Balachandar

The Apollo Reach Hospitals, Karaikudi, which has successfully performed more than 60 heart surgeries since February last, is all set to perform kidney transplant surgeries, to provide quality health care to rural population.

In a brief interaction after addressing a function got up to celebrate the completion of 67 heart surgeries with 100 per cent success rate at the hospital here on Sunday, Preetha Reddy, Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group said they would soon perform kidney transplant surgeries after getting the licence.

A medical team from the State government has completed inspection and the licence is expected in about six to eight months, she said. About 500 patients were already undergoing dialysis every month in the hospital, she added.

Apollo Group, which had opened the hospitals in this tier II city under its REACH strategy, would also perform the first minimally invasive heart surgery next week.

The instruments have arrived and the doctors have started the cadaver trial, she said adding Dr. Ashiq Nihamathullah has returned from Germany after completing training on minimally invasive surgery.

Earlier, addressing the function, she congratulated the cardiac team, paramedical team and the staff for making the great achievement of performing 67 heart surgeries. By offering the best health care facility, the hospital here has emerged as the flagship REACH hospital and earned the trust of the patients, she said.

Suneetha Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group said “Apollo’s reason for existence is to provide good health care to the people.” Under REACH strategy, the Group has endeavoured to make advanced technology and experienced medical professionals accessible to people in rural and semi-urban areas in the country. The group has planned to create 3000 beds by 2016 in rural and semi urban areas under REACH, she added.

Earlier, Dr. Rohini Sridhar, Chief Operating Officer and Director Medical Services, Dr. V. Sridhar Venugopal and Dr. C.Subramanian, who formed part of the cardiac team, shared their experience.

The Chief Minister’s comprehensive health insurance scheme came in handy for many of the poor patients, who underwent heart surgeries, they said.

Patients also shared their experiences and thanked the cardiac team for their affectionate care.

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