Hyderabad, December , 2018: The two-day National Cradle Conference 2018 – a one of its kind International conference on Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Fertility & Neonatology, being jointly hosted by the Apollo Hospitals, Apollo Cradle and Apollo Fertility, was formally inaugurated by Dr Prathap C. Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group. Also present on the occasion were Ms Shobana Kamineni, Vice-Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Group;Ms Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group and Mr Chandrashekar, CEO, Apollo Health & Lifestyle Ltd. The Conference is being organized in partnership with National Neonatology Foundation, Paediatric Academy of Telangana State and Obstetrics & Gynaecological Society of Hyderabad (OGSH) and is attended by over 600 delegates from across the country and over 80 renowned national faculty including international experts from USA, UK, Canada and Australia.
The two-day ‘National Cradle Conference 2018’ with multipronged approach to mother & child care, begins!
The biggest healthcare concern in India has been the high Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR), though it has declined to 130 deaths per 100,000 women giving birth in 2014-16, from the dismal 335 in 2005-06, according to National Family Health Survey, there is lot more to be done. In this aspect the southern states are performing much better than the rest of the country, in the period mentioned there has been a decline from 93 to 77, which is much closer to the country’s target of 70 MMRs by 2030, under the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Union health ministry is attributing this improvement mainly to the rise in institutional deliveries across the country. Institutional deliveries also improved from 26% to 81%. Even in the Child Mortality Estimation there is tremendous improvement, as per UN Inter-Agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation, the infant mortality rate (IMR) in India was 32 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2017, though the global average is 12. In case of neonatal mortality rate too, India had 24 deaths per 1,000 live births while the global average remained at 18.
“Apollo Cradle has built a reputation for clinical excellence, and has the capabilities to handle high risk pregnancies and complex pre-term babies. Through the recently launched, first of its kind eNICU, Apollo Cradle specialists will now be able to monitor minute details – including medication levels, nutrition, feeding pattern, calorie and growth charts of babies in NICU, whilst in the hospital and also remotely. This eNICU will also help Apollo Cradle doctors to support NICU’s in smaller towns” says Dr Prathap C. Reddy.
Speaking on the occasion Ms Shobana Kamineni said, “Apollo is playing a stellar role in the mission to reduce Maternal Mortality Rate and Child Mortality rate, we have done over 1.5 lakh deliveries and continue to take great care for each mom and baby. The various Healthcare initiatives being undertaken by the Government like medical insurance to ten crore needy families under the Ayushman Bharat scheme, establishing 1.5 lakh Health and Wellness Centers across the country will all give tremendous impetus to mother and child care and should see drastic improvement in the health indices in the coming years. It is crucial for a developing nation like India to provide a healthy and happy childhood for its children and participation and cooperation of both Public and Private sectors is paramount to accomplish this.
“The specialties of Fertility, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Pediatrics and Neonatology are so much interlinked, yet the approach has been to look at them as standalone areas of expertise. There is a great need to integrate these for optimum outcomes and this Conference is a step in that direction. It is bringing the eminent specialists in each of these fields on a single platform for a better understanding and synchronization” says Ms. Sangita Reddy.