Health Minister Harish Rao inaugurates Paediatric Heart Surgery Unit at NIMS

Hyderabad: Rotary club of Jubilee Hills and SUVEN Life Sciences have set up s State of the Art Paediatric Heart Surgery Unit at Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS),Hyderabad.

It is set up at an investment of Rs 4crore, CSR funds by Suven Pharma. The facility is expected to benefit 750 kids annually. The Paediatric Heart Surgeries will be performed free of cost.

Sri Thanneeru Harish Rao, Hon. Minister for Finance, Health, Medical & Family Welfare, Govt. of Telangana inaugurated this fully furnished modular 6 bedded Cardiothoracic ICU, Including a Class-l Air- conditioned isolation clean room suitable for Heart Transplant facility is equipped with high-end Heart-Lung Machine, ECHO, Nitric Oxide delivery, Bronchoscope, Infant Warmer beds to name a few.

Sri Venkat Jasti, Chairman and MD ‘s SUVEN Pharmaceuticals Limited provided CSR funds of close to Rs 4 Cr for this Facility to address Congenital Heart Diseases, prevalent in under nourished populace of rural villages.

Governor, Rotary International District 3150 Sri K Prabhakar re-affirmed commitment of Rotary International’s Focus Area of Disease Prevention & Treatment.

Dr. K Manohar appraised that this facility helps poor patients to access high end corporate facilities free under government schemes

President Sri P Suresh Gupta, Secretary Sri Kalyan Panguluri of Rotary Club of Jubilee Hills co-ordinated the project and graced the inaugural function.

Minister KTR meets with the R&D head of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Health

Hyderabad: Minister for IT and Industries K.T. Rama Rao met with Franck Riot, Global R&D Head GSK Consumer Health today to discuss the growth witnessed by the safety and regulatory set up of GlaxoSmithKline in Telangana and their expansion plans for the state.

GlaxoSmithKline is a healthcare company, which engages in the research, development, and manufacture of pharmaceutical medicines, vaccines, and consumer healthcare products. It operates through the following segments: Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines, Consumer Healthcare, and Corporate Executive Team (CET). GSK was the world’s sixth-largest pharmaceutical company according to Forbes as of 2019. GSK is the tenth largest pharmaceutical company with total revenue of USD 43,731.8 Million and employs around 94,000 people worldwide. The company also ranks 264 on the Fortune Global 500 list (2021). In 2020, GSK had 40 new medicines and 17 new vaccines in development.

Minister noted that the company has invested more than Rs. 710 crores in Hyderabad and have created total employment of around 125 people. The facility has been expanding rapidly since its establishment in 2016 and has witnessed an investment of around Rs. 340 crores in the last couple of years alone.

Going forward, the facility will continue to grow out of Hyderabad even as they separate from GSK to be an independent organization known as Haleon. Haleon will be a global leader 100% focused on consumer health and will have a clear purpose to deliver better everyday health to humanity with a focused strategy to deliver sustainable above-market growth and attractive returns to shareholders.

Hon’ble Minister welcomed the company’s continued investment in Telangana and assured them of all support from the State.  He said that “I’m delighted to note the remarkable growth of GlaxoSmithKline in Hyderabad. I’m sure that the regulatory and safety operations of GSK in Hyderabad will continue to play a pivotal role in attaining the vision of the GSK group. The government of Telangana will work hand-in-hand with the company and extend all the support required to further accelerate the presence of GSK in Hyderabad.”

Franck Riot added that the facility will also look for opportunities to expand its presence in the Hyderabad center as necessary to support its future aspirations. (INN)

Master health checkup camp held at Raj Bhavan

Hyderabad: A special master health checkup camp was held for the benefit of the Raj Bhavan staff and their family members at the Raj Bhavan, here, on Tuesday.

Governor Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan took the initiative to organize this comprehensive health camp to conduct various diagnostic tests for the benefit of the Raj Bhavan pariwar members.

Anguished over the death of a staffer recently due to a sudden cardiac arrest, the Governor took this initiative to offer the master health checkup facility for all the pariwar members at the Raj Bhavan and extend necessary medical help to the needy.

A team of doctors, technicians, and paramedical staff from the ESIC Medical College offered the services at the mega camp.

Secretary to Governor K. Surendra Mohan, Joint Secretary J. Bhavani Shankar and other senior officers were present. (INN)

Eclat Health to expand its global delivery centres in Telangana

Hyderabad: Eclat Health Solutions, Inc, (ECLAT) a leading Healthcare technology-services company, headquartered in Washington DC, has announced the expansion of its global delivery centers in the Telangana State. Eclat Health Solutions Inc., backed by Private Equity Investor Gulf Capital, is planning to add another 1400 employees between Karimnagar, Warangal, Khammam and Hyderabad over the next 18 months.

Working with the Govt of Telangana, Eclat plans to open 2 new delivery centers at Warangal and Khammam in addition to expanding its Karimnagar operations where it already has 200 employees. The expansion plan will provide direct jobs to 300 employees each in Warangal and Khammam. In addition, Eclat plans to expand its current employee base at their Karimnagar and Hyderabad captive centers, with plans to add 300 more employees at Karimnagar and 500 more employees to the Hyderabad team.

Eclat leadership team met Industries Minister K. Tarakarama Rao in Hyderabad today. Minister KTR assured of providing complete support to the firm. “Thanks to Eclat Health Solutions for providing their continuous support to Telangana Govt in taking the IT sector to tier-2 cities,” he added.

“Eclat has created a strong reputation for the best quality medical coding and technology solutions among hospitals globally. We thank Mr.K.T.Rama Rao for the Telangana government’s support in Tier-2 expansion and for supporting us through skill development from TASK.

Our new center(s) is a direct result of our growth as a company. With continued demand for technology in Healthcare, we are excited to collaborate and work with Telangana AI Mission (T-AIM) to provide innovative AI solutions to our Healthcare customers.” said Mr Karthik Polsani – Group CEO, Eclat Health Solutions, Inc. “In 2016, Eclat signed an MOU with Telangana government to create employment in Karimnagar and has successfully created 200 high-end medical coding and technology jobs. I am pleased to be able to expand operations in Karimnagar and also make a commitment to start operations in Warangal and Khammam. We are excited to partner with TASK and Telangana government for skill development in medical coding and Health Tech AI roles” said Sneha Polsani, COO, Eclat Health Solutions, Inc. (INN)

Dr. Mohan’s hosts ‘Eye and Fitness Campaign’ pan India

Hyderabad: Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Speciality Centre, one of the largest healthcare groups in Asia devoted to the treatment of diabetes and its complications, hosts the ‘Eye and Fitness Campaign’ in their centres across India. Started on 3rd January 2022, the campaign runs for the next 3 months, providing free vision tests for all and free physio consultation for those patients with joint aches or muscular problems. It is one of the major campaigns that Dr. Mohan’s has done across pan India.

Blurred vision, frequent changes in the vision and spots or dark strings floating in the vision are some of the symptoms of Diabetes-Related Eye Problems. If it is not treated at right time, it will lead to severe complications like vision loss. Moreover, majority of people with diabetes-related eye problems do not have any usual symptoms until the advanced stages. This campaign facilitates free vision testing, thereby identifying people with possible eye changes due to diabetes and educate people about effects of diabetes on the eye. People living with diabetes also experience joint aches, limitation in movements and muscular dysfunctions. The free physiotherapy consultation will help people identify their risk for Diabetic Arthropathy, Diabetic Foot and other muscular/joint problems which can easily be treated.

Speaking about the campaign, Dr V. Mohan, Chairman & Chief Diabetologist, Dr Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre said, “Diabetes-related eye diseases affect one in three people with diabetes and is one of the leading causes of preventable blindness. Patients with diabetes also suffer from early cataracts, glaucoma, and other preventable ailments which can be detected early. Therefore, we are offering a FREE eye test. We have been contributing towards the development of AI-enabled teleophthalmology tools to make sure that none of our patients develops these “sight-threatening” complications of diabetes since this problem is totally asymptomatic and can catch us unawares.”.

Diabetes can cause joint pains. Unlike pain caused by immediate trauma, the pain of arthropathy and neuropathy happens over time. If you find any pain in the joints e.g.: painful shoulders, it is important to consult with your doctor. We are providing FREE physio consultation in all our clinics across India.” said Dr. R. M. Anjana, Managing Director, Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre.

Covid-19: Telangana registers 1,825 new cases; one death

Hyderabad: As many as 1,825 fresh cases of Covid-19 were registered in Telangana till 5.30 pm on Monday. One Covid death was also registered today.

With this increase, the number of Covid-19 cases in Telangana has increased to 6,95,855 while the death toll has reached 4,043. A total of 351 people have also recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours which increased the total number of recoveries to 6,76,817. The fatality rate in Telangana is 0.58% while the recovery rate is 97.26%

A total of 70,697 Covid-19 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours taking the total number of tests conducted so far to 3,01,94,585. As of today, there are 14,995 Active Cases in Telangana State.

A total of 1,042 fresh cases have been registered in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) limits today. (INN)

Governor emphasizes on effective communication in the healthcare sector

Hyderabad: Governor Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan on Sunday emphasized the need for effective communication in the healthcare sector.

The Governor said that it was important to have proper communication with the patients and their relatives so as to ensure the effective delivery of services in the healthcare sector.

Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan was participating as the chief guest at the inaugural of the 3rd National Conference on “Communication in Healthcare (Communicon-2021)” at the Apollo Hospitals Auditorium, here.

The Governor narrated many interesting incidents that she had encountered as a doctor during her medical practice days and highlighted the importance of proper communication among the doctors, staff, patients, and others concerned.

“The healthcare sector is one area where one cannot afford to have misunderstandings. It is important for the doctors and healthcare staff members to master the art of effective communication with an objective to develop a healthy professional relationship with all the concerned,” she added.

The Governor underlined the need to constantly improve the communication channels and techniques in the healthcare sector so as to realize the larger goal of heralding a healthier world.

Dr. Abhijat Sheth, President, National Board of Examinations in Medical Sciences, Dr. K. Hari Prasad, President, Apollo Hospitals Group, and a host of senior doctors and others were present. (INN)


Hyderabad: To celebrate World Diabetes Day, Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre, one of the largest Healthcare groups in Asia devoted to the treatment of diabetes and its complications, today organised a Walkathon on Necklace Road.

The Walkathon was flagged off by Dr. Sastry N. G., Director & Chief Diabetologist, Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Sastry N. G. said, “This World Diabetes Day and always, it’s important to keep in mind that maintaining good health is the key to keeping diabetes at bay. Walking is a simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier. Sometimes overlooked as a form of exercise, walking briskly can help people build stamina, burn excess calories and make their hearts healthier. The Walkathon being organised today is a small message from our end to this effect. Dr Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre is a pioneer in precision diabetes and we go to lengths to correctly diagnose and treat diabetes. In the case of children with diabetes, we are probably the only centre in India that focuses on correct diagnosis of the genetic mutations and treating the patients accordingly. We have also just launched an exclusive Centre on Monogenic Diabetes. Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre is present in 8 regions in Telangana”

About 60+ participants walked 3 kms. as part of the Walkathon.

TS Govt is spending RS 100 crore on 12000 Dialysis patients in the state: T Harish Rao

Hyderabad: Telangana State Government is spending RS 100 crore on attending 12000 dialysis patients in 43 government hospitals in the state.

150 kidney transplants are done free of cost per annum in government hospitals in Telangana state. We had 3 Dialysis centres before Telangana formed. But after we came into power we took the number to 43 informed T. Harish Rao while addressing a gathering at Jewel Gardens.

He was chief guest at a function organised by Bhagwan Mahavir Jain Relief Foundation Trust(BMJRFT) to mark their achievement of one million Dialysis. It was held on Saturday night at Jewel Gardens in Secunderabad.

BMJRFT which made a moderate beginning in 2009 by providing 16 Dialysis a month to 500 a month now is the biggest ever in the city. Besides this, the trust has achieved a world record by performing one million dialysis in the last 12 years at a subsidised price of Rs 300/- per session as against RS 1200 to 3000 charged by corporate hospitals.

Mr Harish Rao congratulated and appreciated the trust for humanitarian causes in helping many with Dialysis. Responding to PC Parakh, Chairman of the Trust about their outstanding issues, he promised to resolve all the outstanding issues. He assured them that a meeting would be scheduled within a week between the trust representatives and government officials.

Earlier Mr PC Parekh requested the minister to look into their outstanding issues such as 01. To revive the rates of Aarogya Shree, that government extends to dialysis patients under the scheme. The rate has not been revived in the last so many years. He also urged the government to speed up the process of releasing payments to the trust . It takes 7 to 8 months to release the payment. This leaves pressure on the trust on its working capital, Mr Parekh told the Minister.

Another request Mr Parekh made to the minister was that the trust according to the agreement has to share RS 150/- per patient out of Rs 300/- charged to King Koti hospital. We made representation to the government several times but it is still not resolved.

The Minister replied that he would take up the matter with Chief Minister Mr Chandrashekhar Rao about the request made for land to set up a hospital. And all other issues will be resolved through a meeting to be scheduled in a week’s time.

Water is one among the few other reasons because of which people become diabetic. This issue was addressed and resolved by the government through Mission Bageerath he said.

Money may come and go but service will remain, Harish Rao concluded his address.

Mr Harish Rao unveiled a commemorative souvenir.

Earlier welcoming the gathering the chairman of the trust Mr PC Parakh said six lakh out of ten lakh Dialysis sessions were performed for BPL families.

By providing Dialyses at subsidy price,  the trust has saved Rs 125 crore to the patients.

The function was graced by 

Ambassador Dr Deepak Vohra, IFS (Retd), Special Advisor to Prime Minister of Lesotha, South Sudan & Guinea-Bissau; Shi Dr Deepak Shah, Motivational Speaker; Brig Abhijit Chandra SM, Station Commander—TAASA, President, Sec-bad Cantonment Board and Ms G. Sunitha, MLA from Aler.

A family which donated 500 sq yards land worth approximately RS 6 to 7 crore, presented a cheque for Rs 1 crore as advance. Several donors announced their donations. The trust kept a target of raising Rs 10crore corpus fund and was successful in raising funds to a very large extent. 

Well over 1500 people attended the function

Governor visits ESIC Medical College vaccination centre

Hyderabad: Governor Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan has lauded the efforts of the scientists, doctors, healthcare workers and all the frontline warriors for their efforts in enabling our country to achieve the milestone of administering 100 crore vaccine doses.

“This is a historic day and we have achieved a great landmark in our vaccination drive by administering a record One Billion vaccine doses in our fight against the COVID-19 pandemic,” she added.

Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his visionary leadership in guiding our country on its massive vaccination drive.

The Governor, on the occasion of India crossing the 100 crore vaccine doses mark, has visited the ESIC Medical College and had interacted with the doctors, medical students and staff of at the ESIC Medical College, here, on Thursday.

She stated that India has disproved the cynicism about the country’s capability to vaccinate its large population and emerged victorious by administering 100 crore vaccine doses in less than a year.

“We are proud that we have taken the vaccines produced indigenously and we have also supplied our vaccines to many other countries. Indian scientists have made us proud,” she said.

The Governor appealed to those who are yet to get vaccinated to take the vaccine at the earliest and shun the vaccine hesitancy so as to protect oneself, one’s family members and others at large.

She stated that the vaccines proved safe and effective in protecting people from the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

The Governor witnessed the ongoing vaccination at the ESIC hospital and congratulated a beneficiary on getting vaccinated while appreciating the doctors and the staff.Secretary to Governor K. Surendra Mohan, Governor’s husband and eminent Nephrologist Dr. P. Soundararajan, ESIC Medical College Dean Dr. Srinivas and others were present. (INN)