Mumbai’s Zen Multispecialty Hospital and ICICI foundation have joined hands to provide major diagnostics such as Esophago-gastro-duodenoscopy, colonoscopy, and endoscopic ultrasound at affordable rates for underprivileged section of society for next two years.
The initiative has been taken under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
Dr Roy Patankar, Director of Zen Multispecialty, said, “Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, we recognize that being socially responsible is more critical than ever and that many organizations are actively doing their part and in the best way they can.”
“As a part of our CSR activity, we are introducing advanced endoscopic services at discounted prices to diagnose cancers and pre-cancerous conditions early,” he added.
“We will be offering these services to the underprivileged sections of society. As government hospitals are already rushed with many patients and appointments for endoscopy are delayed,” Dr Patankar explained.
“The procedure will be performed by using the latest high-end advanced endoscope-Olympus 190 which also has a narrow band imaging technique that helps in diagnosing early cancers. These activities will be run in association with the ICICI Foundation,” Dr Patankar added.
Dr Patankar said, “We have seen patients who come with us in very bad conditions due to lack of facility or delay in treatment. If patients are diagnosed early then many of the diseases-related to stomach or colon may be detected in the early stages which will save one's life.”
“In the last two years during the COVID time, many patients could not come in time for diagnosis and hence later landed up in an emergency. If these cases were picked up in the early stages, then it couldn't have been a worse situation. The situation in rural is worse than in urban. This initiative will definitely be helpful, save money as well the time of the patients,” he further added.