Pune: Sassoon Hospital starts a dedicated endoscopy unit

Now-a-days, people indulge in junk food and are addicted to alcohol. This subsequently invites many health issues like indigestion, liver problems and so on. Also, the percentage of cancer affected people is going up. Owing to which, Sassoon General Hospital (SGH), has started a dedicated endoscopy unit in the hospital on Monday

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  • The dark side of junk foods is not an unknown fact. Fast foods and processed foods have known to increase the chances of childhood obesity, heart disease and diabetes and other chronic diseases.
  • So, Sassoon General Hospital (SGH), has started a dedicated endoscopy unit in the hospital on Monday.

Divisional commissioner Chandrakant Dalvi inaugurated the endoscopic unit for gastrointestinal diseases. He said that social and corporate institutes have a big contribution along with the government funds in making advanced medical treatment available to poor and needy patients in the government hospitals like Sassoon. NGOs should come forward in making health services in Sassoon General Hospital more efficient.

He added, many needy patients will get treated at a very low cost with this endoscopy unit here at the hospital.“The hospital is becoming more and more public centred. Many institutes are coming forward with financial support. Government hospitals need to be modernised for the benefit of poor and needy patients,” said Dalvi.

Dr Ajay Chandanwale, Dean of SGH said on the occasion that endoscopic unit is equipped with Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography machines.“With this equipment blockages caused by gall stones, tumors can be investigated. Number of OPD and treatment days is going to increase. More and more patients can be treated. As the hospital has received 80G benefit from Income tax department, social institutes and benevolent people should help to develop it,” said Chandanwale.

Dr Shashikala Sangle, HOD of Medicine at SGH, said, “Earlier, the endoscopic unit used was open for two days. Now, the facility will be available on all days and the patients won’t have to wait. Patients suffering from liver conditions due to excessive alcohol consumption can also avail of the facility.  Also, people suffering from cancers can be tested with the help of technique.”

The unit in SGH is funded and donated by Mukul Madhav foundation which is the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) partner of Finolex industries.

On this occasion, Dr Ajay Chandanwale Dean of SGH, Ritu Chhabria founder and director of Mukul Madhav Foundation, Dr Philip Abrahm from Hinduja Hospital, Dr Arvind Shah from Royal College of London, Dr Shashikala Sangle, Dr Sheetal Mahajani, Dr Harish Tatia, Vinod Rohani and other dignitaries were present.