Chennai: The rising number of non-communicable disease (NCD) patients is bound to have burden on our country’s economy. The World Economic Forum has predicted that the cost of NCD burden on Indian economy will be 4.8 trillion dollar by 2030, stated Governor Banwarilal Purohit.
The Governor was speaking after the inauguration of Samsung-Apollo Mobile Health Clinic initiative by Samsung India Electronics and Apollo Hospitals Group that provides health check-up tests to the less privileged.
Addressing the gathering at Apollo Proton Cancer Centre, Taramani, Wednesday, Banwarilal spoke about how NCDs are becoming the cause of death. He said, “Promoting awareness of NCDs is required as 15 million people prematurely die globally due to it and in India, 10 people die every second.”
Apollo Hospitals Group chairman Dr Prathap C Reddy noted that by 2020, 80 per cent of deaths will occur due to NCDs. All the major diseases are correctable and all it needs is proactive health check-up.
People in rural areas will receive free-of-cost access to primary screening. Medical professionals from the hospital will be engaged to execute the primary requirement of screening and camps through the initiative.
A few of the equipment in mobile van include mammography, X-Ray and ECG among others. Chennai Samsung Manufacturing Plant managing director Jae Young Yang was among those present.