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Hospital, Sanofi partner on diabetes management

Published by The Nation on Tue, 25 Nov 2014

Fidson encourages on healthy dietHope has been rekindled for diabetes patients following the partnership between two international medical institutions, Apollo Hospitals and Sanofi.According to the partners, the expansion of Apollo Sugar Clinics, an integrated diabetes care programme in India, would cater for local and international patients.Apollo Hospitals Group is one of Asias largest integrated healthcare organisations with over 8,500 beds across 50 hospitals, while Sanofi is an integrated global healthcare leader.Through the collaboration, Apollo and Sanofi plan to leverage their expertise in diabetes to provide patients with access to comprehensive educational resources, treatment and care programmes that would help patients better manage their diabetes. The first phase of this deal will focus on the establishment of 50 Apollo Sugar Clinics. This will be replicated in Ngeria, after the flag off in India.Describing the collaboration as a good start towards improving the diabetes facility in India, Dr Prathap Reddy, chairman of Apollo Hospitals Group, said the vision of the two health institutions would create a new approach to diabetes care that would benefit patients across the world.Reddy said: Over the years, Apollo Hospitals has benchmarked global best practices in quality healthcare delivery with stringent alignment to approved standards and protocols. With the increasing burden of diabetes in our society, we need to act quickly and with a sense of purpose to arrest the disease from claiming more lives. I am confident that through Apollo Sugar Clinics we will be able to offer patients advanced care and counselling that will help them better manage their condition.Christopher Viehbacher, Sanofis Chief Executive Officer, said the collaboration with Apollo Hospitals demonstrated Samofis commitment to delivering superior patient experience that offered support at various stages of the diabetes journey. Sanofi has a heritage of nearly 100 years in developing treatments for diabetes and understands the impact that local expertise and innovative care models can have for patients who are managing their diabetes, he said.The main objective of the Apollo Sugar Clinics, according to the partners, is to make diabetes disease-free by offeringeasy access to an integrated diabetes caresolution within a clinical infrastructure. This facility willpromote early detection and treatmentof diabetes and associated complications, strengthened by lifestyle management and behaviour change programmes.Sangita Reddy, Chairperson, Apollo Sugar and Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals said: We understand that a diagnosis of diabetes and the pursuit of necessary lifestyle changes can be daunting for patients. So our aim is to help patients get access to the right treatment and counselling for them to know that diabetes can be managed. At Apollo Sugar Clinics, a patient with diabetes has access to information, co-morbidities management, counselling, care and treatment. This really makes the transition much easier. We are keen to take Apollos comprehensive offering to many more parts of IndiaMany people with diabetes are either unaware of their condition, or have it poorly controlled. They require better awareness about the disease, its complications, management and must also have access to the latest treatment options.Apollo Sugar will be a part of Apollo Health and Lifestyle, the division that drives its rapid growth in primary and secondary healthcare.Meanwhile, concerned over the increasing rate of diabetes in Nigeria, Fidson Healthcare Plc has joined the International Diabetes Federation, World Health Organization (WHO) and other global organisations in encouraging healthy diet and lifestyle for the prevention of diabetes.The company has advised Nigerians to stop unhealthy eating habits and lifestyle that could increase their chances of developing disease.This is in view of recent statistics from World Health Organisation (WHO) and International Diabetes Federation (IDF) which reported a global estimate of 347 million people living with Diabetes, with 19.8 million people from Africa. According to IDF last year report, Nigeria has the highest number of people with diabetes in Africa, with 3.9 million cases and 4.9 per cent national prevalence rate.Buttressing the IDF and WHO reports, Marketing Manager, Fidson Healthcare Plc, Friday Enaholo said the rate of diabetes globally was worrisome and should be a major concern for Nigerians, urgingl stakeholders to join hands and support the government in making concerted effort at reducing diabetes through public enlightenment on the importance of healthy diet and lifestyle as a preventive measure.We cannot fold our hands and watch diabetes ravage the health of Nigerians. The health of the people is the health of the nation. We therefore need to prevent this impending menace by educating Nigerians on the danger of diabetes and how they can prevent it through healthy eating and living, he saidDiabetes is a chronic disease, which occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. This leads to an abnormally high level of glucose in the blood (hyperglycaemi). Hyperglycaemia or raised blood sugar is a common effect of uncontrolled diabetes and over time leads to serious damage to many of the bodys systems, especially the nerves and blood vessels, leading to irreversible blindness, stroke, kidney failure, erectile dysfunction, limb amputation etc.Type 1 diabetes (previously known as insulin-dependent or childhood-onset diabetes) is characterised by a lack of insulin production; while Type 2 diabetes (formerly called non-insulin-dependent or adult-onset diabetes) is caused by the bodys ineffective use of insulin. It often results from excess body weight and physical inactivity. Gestational diabetes is hyperglycaemia that is first recognised during pregnancy.Reports from WHO show that more than 80 per cent of diabetes deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries and that diabetes will be the seventh leading cause of death by 2030.Enaholo advised that living a healthy lifestyle through eating a balanced diet, avoiding excessive alcohol intake, engaging in regular physical exercise, reducing salt intake, maintaining a healthy body weight and avoiding smoking, amongst other factors, can prevent diabetes.]]>
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