This announcement was done on Saturday, 27th September, 2008, by the Apollo hospital officials in Hyderabad, India. As an initial step the company has already launched two pilot basis diabetes management clinics “sugar” in Hyderabad. In addition to this, they plans to set up 50 clinics over next six months and 150 more by the end of December 2009.
The clinics will provide comprehensive diagnosis and evaluation, education, and treatment, including life-style support to the diabetics. It will also focus on the identification and management of pre-diabetics as this will prevent or delay onset of diabetes. This identification will be done through a scientific screening program which will identify those who are likely to become diabetics in near future and they will be taken through a life style management program says, Apollo chief executive K. Hari Prasad.
Apollo Hospitals Group chairman Pratap C. Reddy says that,
“This is a major initiative to combat diabetes which is assumed to be an epidemic in the country.”