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Friday, July 28, 2017

Global Hospitals Collaborates with Sorento Healthcare for iamHER2 Campaign


Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Global Hospitals, a multi super specialty tertiary care hospital with facility spread across Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai, has collaborated with Sorento Healthcare for ‘iamHER2’ campaign to create awareness on Metastatic Breast Cancer.

‘iamHER2’ campaign, a first of its kind program in the country, aims to extend support to women suffering from advanced breast cancer – known as HER2. This initiative will serve as a platform and a connection hub between survivors, caregivers and potential patients who have been diagnosed with HER2 positive breast cancer. This unique co-created model is an ecosystem of resources of resources to facilitate expert opinion, affordable testing, counselling, chat with other survivors, and treatment along with all the other ancillary services required like counselling, nutrition, psychological support etc.”

Dr. Jagprag Singh Gujral, COO, Global Hospitals, said, “We are glad to collaborate with Sorento Healthcare to extend our support to patients suffering from Metastatic Breast Cancer through the campaign – ‘iamHER2’. Metastatic Breast Cancer is a dangerous and deadly disease that is killing many young women across the country.  It is saddening that even with the advancement in healthcare technology and despite having advanced drugs which have promised long-term survival, many lives are lost due to lack of awareness about the disease. By teaming with Sorento, it will be our endeavor at Global Hospitals to save lives by creating awareness and more importantly helping those suffering from Metastatic Breast Cancer access affordable testing and treatment.”

Dr. Rasika Bhat, Senior Manager-Scientific Communication Services, said, “Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting women, but not every woman with breast cancer is diagnosed with the same type of breast cancer. One such type is HER2-positive breast cancer, in which the breast cancer cells have more HER2 receptors (a particular protein found on the surface of cells) than normal breast cells. About 1 of every 5 breast cancers is detected to be HER2-positive breast cancer. iamHER2 initiative is a completely unbiased support service which will help HER2 positive breast cancer patients and their caregivers to get encouraged in opting for the right treatment for their condition.”

The campaign has also launched its first film – CROSSROADS, a story of HER2 breast cancer survivor who was supported throughout by

About Global Hospitals

Global Hospitals Group, India’s most renowned healthcare services provider offering better care, cutting-edge research and advanced education to caregivers, is one of the country’s fast growing chains of Multi Super Specialty Tertiary Care Hospitals offering healthcare services of international standards. A 2000-bed Multi Super Specialty Tertiary Care facility spread across Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai, Global Hospitals is a pioneer in multi-organ transplants including kidneys, liver, heart and lung.

For more information, visit: http://www.globalhospitalsindia.com/

About Sorento Healthcare

Sorento is the only healthcare agency from India to win a Cannes. And also the most-awarded one, having won 20 international awards in just last two years. Sorento constantly strives to set a global benchmark in healthcare communications, with clutter-breaking strategies and out-of-the-box creative work. A full-service agency, it employs over 80 people across multiple disciplines, each of whom brings a unique skill to the table. It has been handling an enviable portfolio of brands in the health and wellness domain, since its inception a decade ago.

Inputs as provided by Dr. Chaitaliladdad, Founder & Director, Indian Pediatric Network


How to avoid binging sweets during festive season for kids

It’s that time of the year again when you just love to indulge in sweets. With the festive season’s like Ganpati, Navratri and Diwali being just around the corner, it’s very difficult to resist your temptation for sweets like modaks, ladoos and jalebis, no matter which age group you belong to. Festive binging of sweets especially in children need to be controlled because sweet binging brings with it a lot of health risks. It’s advisable to consult your paediatrician in order to help your child follow a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

Children are born with more taste buds than adults and have an innate preference for sweet taste.  High level of sugar intake is the root-cause of childhood obesity, which in turn contributes to hypertension, hyperlipidemia and Diabetes.When taken in a small amount, sugar intake will not prove to be harmful. But an excessive intake of sugar tends to replace the intake of nutritious food, thus causing detrimental effects in the child. Studies have also proved that children who consume foods with a highersugarcontent during their early childhood, end up craving for it even later on. Hence it is important that parents monitor their child’s sugar intake early on during their childhood to avoid future health problems. They should accordingly modulate the child’s taste buds, so they end up eating less sweets.  A marginal sugar intake is not harmful for your child. Just ensure that you do not overdo.


During festive season, the children almost go overboard with sweets leaving you with an urge to eat more high sugar items. This vicious circle will never end. Also its important to note that overdose of sugar will make the child hyperactive and restless; may aggravate behavioural problems too. Habit of eating sweets can cause severe tooth ailments as well; due to acid

formation, dental decay and cavities are on the rise. Contaminated/improperly stored sweets can lead to food poisoning and stomach infections. Colouring agents in sweets can give rise to food allergies.


Below mentioned are some tips to control your child’s sweet tooth during the festive season.

  1. During festivals the wide assortments of sweets before you really spoil you for choice. Children really can’t resist their temptation and might end up binging each and every sweet that has been offered to them. This will definitely result in an overdose of sugar. You must teach your child to be selective and choosy. Children should be taught to pick up either one or two sweets rather than munching over everything that’s on the plate. Small bite size servings are helpful to reduce overindulgence.


  1. During festivals if children are on empty stomach they will definitely feel like binging. Always ensure that your child has eaten a nutritious diet before stepping out anywhere to celebrate. This will not urge them to indulge in festive sweets.


  1. Ensure that homemade sweets are preferred over store bought ones; avoid sweets with ‘varkha’ or foil on them. Avoid intake of sweets using lot of coloring agents/additives/taste enhancers.
  2. Use natural sweeteners like jaggery (rich in iron too), honey,dates, anjeer,etc instead of as a replacement for sugar. Also safety of artificial sweeteners in children is not well documented hence recommended to avoid using for children.


  1. Lastly parents themselves need to be good role models. If they themselves keep away from having too many sweets, the children will automatically follow suit.


With the festivity picking up its pace, refrain your children from sweet indulgence. In the midst of the festive spirit, parents often fail to make a note of the child’s sugar intake, without realizing the possible health risks that await them.


So please don’t ignore what your child is binging this festive season.

Apollo Hospitals Q1 Profit Falls 18% To Rs 72 Crore


New Delhi: Healthcare major Apollo Hospitals Enterprise today reported a 17.52 per cent decline in standalone net profit to Rs 72.17 crore for the first quarter ended June 30.

The company had posted a net profit of Rs 87.51 crore during April-June quarter of the previous fiscal, Apollo Hospitals said in a BSE filing.

The company’s net sales, however, during the quarter were up 12.23 per cent at Rs 1,465.43 crore as against Rs 1,305.73 crore in the corresponding period last fiscal.

Its total expenses were up 13.33 per cent to Rs 1,278.55 crore compared to Rs 1,128.07 crore last year.

Apollo Hospitals’ revenue from healthcare services was up 5.91 per cent to 833.09 crore as against Rs 786.60 crore of Q1 of FY 2015-16.

Revenue from pharmacy was up 21.80 per cent to Rs 632.47 crore against Rs 519.24 crore.

Meanwhile, in a separate filing, the company said its Board today “discussed and deliberated the possibility of considering and evaluating various options to restructure and reorganise the business of the company, by realigning the business lines as per verticals”.

It further said:” The board authorised the restructuring committee to immediately undertake such steps as may be required and necessary to evaluate, determine and prepare a road map for the proposed re-structuring, including engaging with relevant stake holders for this purpose.”

Stock of Apollo Hospitals ended at Rs 1,357.70, up 0.66 per cent from the previous close on BSE.

Rabindra Bharati University and Kolkata Prostrate Cancer Foundation Hosts an Exhibition on the Last Journey Of Rabindranath Tagore


Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Rabindra Bharati University along with the Prostate Cancer Foundation organized an exhibition that delves into the last days of Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore. To commemorate the 75th death anniversary of Tagore the exhibition was held today to give a rare glimpse into a phase of his life about which not much is known.

The event was graced by Chief Guest, Professor Pinakeshchandra Sarkar, Director, Bankim Research Institute, Naihati, Sabyasachi Basu Roychowdhury, Vice Chancellor of Rabindra Bharati University, Devdutta Roy, Secretary, Rabindra Bharati University and Dr. Amit Ghose, Director, Prostrate Cancer Foundation.

“Not many people know that Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore suffered from a disease of the Prostrate Gland (not cancer). At that time he was given the best medical treatment possible. With the advancement of technology in India we are well-equipped to detect and handle diseases related to the prostrate. Also, we wanted to create an awareness through this initiative that with regular check-ups it is possible to have an early detection of prostrate-related issues and prostate cancer as well,” said the person behind this initiative, Dr. Amit Ghose, Director, Prostrate Cancer Foundation.

Kabiguru Rabindranath was being treated in Shantiniketan according to his wishes but his health started deteriorating and finally Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy along with Sir Nil Ratan Sarkar decided to bring him to Jorasanko. After considerable debate the medical team decided that Tagore needed an operation on his Prostate Gland to give him relief from the pain he was suffering from.

Prof Lalit Mohan Banerjee performed the surgery at Jorasanko Thakurbari. A special operation theatre was set up and a successful operation was performed at the premises itself. But after the operation he developed sepsis and succumbed to it.

This exhibition beautifully depicts Kabiguru’s strength of mind despite his suffering, the way he tried to be cheerful and hum songs in so much pain and there are pictures and accounts of all those who were by his side during his last days.

About Kolkata Prostate Cancer Foundation

Kolkata Prostrate Cancer Foundation was founded in May this year with the vision to spread awareness about the disease and making people aware that through regular check-ups it is possible to lead a healthy life. Prostrate Cancer is now being counted as the most common Cancer in men after Skin Cancer. All over the world the incidence of this Cancer is rising. It is supposed to be of lower incidence amongst Asians. Unfortunately, as Prostate cancer is being detected at an advanced stage, there is more suffering and death in India. Newer modalities of detection of Cancer such as PSA in blood, MRI of the Prostate and Trus-guided Biopsy is rapidly changing the profile of Cancer Prostate patients in India.


CARE Hospitals CEO Dilip Jose to join TPG Capital


Mumbai: In January 2016, Dubai-based private equity investor The Abraaj Group outbid US private equity firm TPG Capital Lp to buy CARE Hospitals. Ironically, Abraaj lost the helmsman at CARE Hospitals after six months, and it’s the turn of TPG Capital to hire him.

Dilip Jose, group chief executive officer at CARE Hospitals, India’s fourth largest hospital network, has quit to join TPG Capital as senior adviser (healthcare), two people aware of the development said.

Jose resigned a few backs ago and will join TPG in October, said one of the two persons.

Jose, who has over two decades of experience in healthcare, previously headed the southern operations of Fortis Healthcare as its regional director. Earlier, he has held senior managerial positions in firms engaged in tertiary healthcare delivery and medical education, according to his profile on CARE website.

“At Abraaj, we do not comment on matters relating to personnel at our partner companies,” an Abraaj spokesperson said.

When contacted, Jose refused to comment. A TPG spokesperson also declined to comment.

Abraaj had acquired majority stake in Hyderabad-based Quality CARE India Ltd (which runs CARE Hospitals) from global private equity firm Advent International Corp. Though the deal size was not disclosed, Mint reported on 13 January, citing a person aware of the transaction, that the hospital chain changed hands for around Rs.1,700 crore.

CARE Hospitals operates in cities such as Hyderabad, Secunderabad, Visakhapatanam, Raipur, Pune, Nagpur, Bhubaneswar, Jabalpur and Surat.

Founded in 1997 by Dr B. Soma Raju and a team of cardiologists, it also runs a network of telemedicine hubs in rural Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. CARE also has a network of 18 hospitals across the country with more than 3,000 beds, across south and central India.

In 2014, Vishal Bali, former group chief executive officer at Fortis Healthcare, had joined TPG as Asia head for healthcare.

“The exit of Jose was in amicable terms with Abraaj Group and there are no differences between the old management team and new buyer, Abraaj Group,” said the second person cited earlier, ruling out any dispute over leading the hospital chain.

As per Sunit Mehra, managing partner at executive search firm Hunt Partners, “The priority of the PE investors might be different from that of existing promoters, and structurally, PE-backed firms remain different from regular organizations. If the alignment may not be there with the existing leadership, chances are high for the change of the leadership team.”

Jose’s hiring will help TPG expand its healthcare portfolio, said the second person. After losing the bid for CARE Hospitals, TPG Capital recently submitted its bid to acquire Kerala Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), a hospital chain present in India and West Asia, for a deal worth $300 million,according to a 2 March Mint report.

TPG is an active investor in the Indian healthcare industry. In 2016 alone, TPG Growth, the $7 billion growth equity investment platform of TPG Capital, made two acquisitions of hospital chains in southern India.

TPG Growth acquired Rhea Healthcare Pvt. Ltd, a company promoted by family members of noted film actor Mammootty for $33 million, Mint reported on 19 July. The Bengaluru-based Rhea Healthcare operates a network of mother and child care centres in India under the “Motherhood” brand.

In April, TPG Growth acquired a majority stake in Cancer Treatment Services International (CTSI), a Hyderbad-based chain focusing on cancer treatment. The deal size was not disclosed.

In February 2015, TPG Capital purchased a significant minority stake in Manipal Health Enterprises Pvt. Ltd for Rs.900 crore, Mint reported on 26 February.

TPG Growth also owns 52% in Bengaluru-based surgical equipment maker Sutures India.

TPG’s expansion in the hospital business comes in the backdrop of low healthcare penetration and a huge demand-supply gap in India.

India has only 1.3 hospital beds per 1,000 people—significantly lower than World Health Organization’s (WHO) guideline of 3.5 beds, according to a January 2015 PricewaterhouseCoopers’s report. India’s bed density is also the lowest among the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) nations.

The healthcare delivery system in India will need to add 3.6 million beds, 3 million doctors and 6 million nurses over the next 20 years, which requires an investment of around $245 billion, the PwC report stated.

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