HISTORY

PRATHAP C REDDY

Dr Prathap C Reddy, the visionary Founder & Chairman of Apollo Hospitals, is widely credited as being the architect of modern Indian healthcare system. Dr Reddy had pledged to ensure health of international standards to each and every citizen of India. Today the 51 Apollo Hospitals, spead across the length and breadth of India have to a certain extent achieved this goal.

But, Dr Reddy realizes that there remains an yawning chasm, between the different regions of nations, affordability of the different strata of society, and covering aspects of health, hitherto untouched, such as social and spiritual health in order to bridge this gap the Apollo Hospitals enterprises Ltd had launched a drive to move towards the smaller towns with the “Second tier” hospitals concept for provision of “Secondary Health Care”. However, even with these herculean measures there still remains a deficit which has to be necessarily addressed, especially as health is such a dynamic field, where new vistas keep unfolding, such as the “Epidemic of Non Communicable Diseases”, problems associated with old age and the most importantly the changing aspirations of the population themselves. Concept of “TOTAL HEALTH” foundation It is with the aim of covering this deficit that Dr. Prathap C. Reddy launched the „Total Health‟ Foundation, in the year 2013. The foundation aims to provide a “Holistic Health Care” for the entire community, starting from the birth, through their journey into childhood, adolescence, adulthood and in the latter years of their life. In other words, “Total Health” connotes “total well-being” of an individual inclusive of physical, mental, social, ecological and spiritual health and more importantly it transcend barriers and it caters to the health care requirements and aspirations of the community through their journey from “womb to tomb”. Dr. Prathap C Reddy inaugurated Total Health in the year 2013 to provide integrated comprehensive health care services inclusive of Physical, Social, Mental, Ecological and Spiritual health to 70,000 populations in Thavanampalle mandal of Chittoor district 2 Initially this program is being piloted in Thavanampalle Mandal of Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh which happens to be the birth Mandal of Dr Prathap C Reddy, and would cover more than 70 thousand people of all age groups. The “Total Health” program aims to promote a healthy and happy living atmosphere through promotion and protection of health, prevention of diseases, and provision of hygienic and sanitary living environment. This program would pave the way for identifying the diseases at the early stage through screening and would facilitate in extending timely treatment to save lives. The program had started with a baseline household door to door arduous survey to study the health, social and economic status of the communities. The health survey instrument is based on World Health Organization’s “STEP” Approach. It has covered more than 24063 people and classified them according to their ten year risk of getting a non-communicable disease (NCD), into three basic groups of low risk, moderate risk and high risk. The population is further being followed by investigations, counseling and medication through “Mobile Health Clinics of Total Health” and if necessary expert management is imparted by Apollo Hospitals, Aragonda. The program also envisages on providing health related infrastructure development in terms of “Purified potable water of high standards”, Individual Sanitation latrines (ISLs), catering to the needs of pregnant and lactating mothers by supplementing their diet in terms of nutritious food supplements and periodical Medical checkups and health education at the “Nutrition Centres”, “kitchen Gardens” to promote easily available, unadulterated nutritious food. Special care would also be given to “Tiny Tots” at the proposed anganwadies by Total Health. School health and hygiene would also be given special care and “Value added livelihood creations” by establishing skill based vocational training centres. Total Health also provides “Yoga cum Meditation Centre‟s, Gymnasium,” for the community at the Total Health Premises.
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