Apollo Sugar flags off half a million free screenings for a year this World Diabetes Day - Launches a new property- Together Let’s Beat Diabetes, with an aim to make diabetes-disease free 14th November, 2015: Apollo Sugar- an innovative, single-specialty diabetes and endocrine healthcare provider, has gone a step ahead this World Diabetes Day and launched a novel property wholly dedicated towards Diabetes Management. · WHO estimates that diabetes, heart disease and stroke together will cost about $ 333.6 billion over the next 10 years in India alone · 20% of the world’s diabetics are Indians · Diabetes is the leading cause for kidney failure, cardiovascular disease and blindness · Almost half of the diabetics in India are yet to be diagnosed · Of more than half of the people diagnosed, only some of them adhere to monitoring and treatment on a continuous basis Keeping this in light of the above startling situation, Apollo Sugar endeavours to connect with people and beat diabetes together through a series of initiatives that emphasizes on the importance of early detection and provides insights on diabetes management through a disciplined approach involving ‘clinical care’ and lifestyle management. Apollo Sugar offers a range of value added services that involve a continuous care model to ensure diabetics live life disease-free. With an aim of undertaking half a million screenings in a span of one year Apollo Sugar has introduced mobile screening vans across several cities to bring health services closer home. The cities that can spot the mobile screening vans are Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Delhi. Apollo Sugar also organized a walkathon in the city today to spread awareness on early detection and importance of screening related to the disease. In the presence of Mr Ram Narasimha Reddy- Assistant Commissioner of Police CID, Mr Kona Venkat- renowned Film Writer & Dr. Manjula Anagani- Renowned gynaecologist and Chairperson, OGSH, the walkers assembled in Banjara Hills at 7:00 am with bands, caps and slogan boards carrying impactful messages and helpful tips on making diabetes disease free. Dr Prathap Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group said, “Diabetes education is the cornerstone of diabetes management; as diabetes requires day-to-day knowledge of nutrition, exercise, monitoring, and medication. People with diabetes have a higher-than-average risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Therefore, it is important to understand the importance of diabetes management. Being at the forefront of diabetes management in India, Apollo Sugar feels a strong sense of responsibility to align its expansion plans with the needs of the country. Apollo Sugar has introduced a property that is solely dedicated towards management of diabetes. This initiative allows one to incorporate better education into one’s life and make the necessary changes to improve one’s lifestyle.” Commenting on the initiative, Sangita Reddy, Chairperson, Apollo Sugar and Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals said “With the increasing burden of diabetes on our society, we need to act quickly. Apollo Sugar has therefore launched a new property that offers its patrons with advanced care and counseling for diabetes. Apollo Sugar with its launch of “Together Let’s Beat Diabetes” is leading the fight to make diabetes- disease free. This initiative primarily aims to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; deliver services and reach out to maximum number of communities through its mobile vans and provides objective and credible information. Speaking on the occasion, Gagan Bhalla, Chief Executive Officer of Apollo Sugar said, “Apollo Sugar consistently endeavours to provide superior quality health care services to address the day-to-day health care needs of the family. Today more than 300 million people live with diabetes and no country – rich or poor – is immune from this disease. Through this initiative, we would want to ensure that people lead a healthy lifestyle in order to avoid diabetes- one of the most common lifestyle disease. Our mission has been to prevent and manage diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.” This initiative by Apollo Sugar, delivers on its promise to create newer and faster ways to deliver high quality diabetes healthcare, through enhanced service delivery models, which will benefit the entire health eco-system. About Apollo Sugar: Apollo Sugar, Apollo Hospital Group’s flagship chain of innovative single speciality clinics in collaboration with Sanofi, is committed solely to providing world class care for diabetics in India. Apollo Sugar was formally announced on September 30th 2014, by the group. It envisages to be a nationwide movement and one that brings together the government, industry, doctors and consumers in joining hands in the crusade against diabetes. Today, Apollo Sugar has brought in technological advancement by investing in the best-in-class equipment to cater to diagnosing and better managing diabetes and related complications. As an integral part of the Apollo Group that has a thirty years’ legacy of progressing healthcare in India, Apollo Sugar makes unrelenting efforts to transform lives through treatment, empowerment and Tender Loving Care, a hallmark of the Group.