Bhubaneswar: Apollo Hospitals, Bhubaneswar is launching Post-COVID Recovery Clinics here from today. The Post-COVID Recovery Clinics will address the rising number of patients who have recovered from COVID but are suffering from the mid and long term persistent effects of the infection. Over 50% of COVID patients suffer from problems that include breathlessness, chest pain and heart issues, joint pains, vision problems, and memory loss months after contracting the novel coronavirus.
The Post-COVID Recovery Clinics will be manned by a team of specialists from Pulmology and Internal Medicine departments to help patients deal with the aftermath of COVID-19 and restore them to health.
Sudhir M Diggikar, Regional CEO, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh & Chhattisgarh said, “Many patients who have recovered from COVID-19 at our hospitals have been contacting us for symptoms that they are having. To address these health issues faced by patients who have recovered from COVID-19, we have taken the initiative to start the Post-COVID Recovery Clinics. Such post covid recovery clinics are getting launched across the country by Apollo Group Hospital Enterprise Limited. These exclusive clinics for post-COVID care will help patients to connect to the specialised care that they need. We have laid down the guidelines and have trained the clinicians to ensure that patients get proper treatment. The clinics will help patients recover completely from the consequences of COVID-19 and return to living life as before COVID.”
COVID-19 impacts almost all the vital organs in the body. Apart from acute events like stroke and myocardial infarction, chronic conditions like diabetes and hypertension are part of the post-COVID syndrome. A number of sudden deaths in post-covid patients have been reported and most of these are attributed to acute cardiac events.
Dr Kartik Jena, Consultant, Department of Pulmonology, Apollo Hospitals, Bhubaneswar informed that “COVID-19 attacks not just the lungs but other organs in the body and leaves behind lingering health issues. Some of the manifestations occur weeks and months after the treatment for acute phase is completed and patient has recovered and impact the well-being ofindividuals beyond the acute phase. While longer-term problems are more common among patients who have been hospitalized, even patients who have recovered from a mild case can suffer from the prolonged effects of the virus. Some of the long-term effects may be severe and disabling in nature. This specialized clinic will enable us to monitor symptoms of patients on an ongoing basis and delivery timely medical attention.”
He further added that “Before COVID-19, we were already facing a tsunami of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) that were responsible for over maximum percentage of the deaths across state. The post-COVID syndrome is adding to this disease load and if not addressed with a special focus will lead to an increase in morbidity and mortality beyond the pandemic with a large number of chronically ill individuals who have recovered from COVID. The specialised clinics will prevent acute components of the post-COVID syndrome from progressing further and effectively manage the chronic situations which formpart of the post-COVID syndrome through a patient-focused, comprehensive, tele-consult and clinic based program.”
Apollo Hospitals, Bhubaneswar will also give much thrust on Apollo Pro-Health Programme which is basically a curated and conceptualized preventive healthcare programme. It empowers individuals with actionable health analytics, to know and eradicate health risks, and, helps to lead healthier and happier lives. The programme brings technology and human elements together by providing a personal health mentor to guide each individual to stay focused on health track and gain better health. Apollo ProHealth will be a first-of-its-kind, comprehensive health programme, powered by Personalized Health Risk Assessment (PHRA), enabled by artificial intelligence.
In an effort to support the Government’s battle against COVID-19, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited has announced that it is prepared to administer one million COVID-19 vaccines daily. The group will leverage its robust pan India web of 19 medicine supply hubs with cold chain facilities and use its 70 hospitals, 400+ clinics, 500 corporate health centers, 4000 pharmacies alongside their Omni-channel digital platform ‘Apollo 24|7’ to ensure massive administration capacity of COVID-19 vaccines. More than ten thousand Apollo Hospital employees are undergoing required training and will be stationed at various Apollo centers to administer the vaccine.
Dr Ashish Chandra, Director Medical Services and Arnab S Raha, General Manager, Operations also spoke at the launching event.