Jaslok Hospital starts Mumbai’s first adolescent clinic

India has the largest population of adolescents in the world – 253 million. Owing to this demographic, it is of utmost importance to start taking adolescent health more seriously

Jaslok Hospital starts Mumbai's first adolescent clinic

Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre launched the first adolescent clinic today in Mumbai. The clinic is aptly named ‘Lighthouse’ aims to address concerns related with the physical, mental and emotional health of the youngsters. Adolescence is a time of transition that can be filled with questions and challenges, hence this clinic intends at providing expert help to teenagers and adolescents

According to the statistics of WHO it is estimated that 2.6 million adolescents between the age of 10 to 24 years die each year and a much greater number of young people suffer from illnesses ‘behaviours’ which hinder their growth and development. Therefore, Jaslok Hospital centre encourages preteens, teenagers, young adults and parents of young girls/boys to come at the clinic and get their healthcare questions answered.

Identification and prevention of chronic illness, spreading awareness about mind and body changes, how to handle these changes and how to communicate in case health issues; will be among the key concerns of this clinic.

Jaslok Hospital starts Mumbai's first adolescent clinic

CEO, Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre said, “Jaslok Hospital has always worked towards the betterment of the people. This initiative was a plan to provide treatment, solutions and spread awareness of specialised treatment options available for teenagers.”

She added, “As the financial hub ‘Mumbai’ was lacking a specialised adolescent clinic under one roof we thought of commencing it to our city. This initiative is to establish that hospitals treat but institutions like Jaslok would want all our masses to stay healthy and hence focus on preventive care as well as appropriate care in time. We plan to organise many such initiatives in future so that we can create more and more awareness and patients can avail quality treatment.”