Hyderabad: Dr. Kalpagam Polasa, head of the Food and Drug Toxicology Research Centre Hyderabad has said that fruits and vegetables could be the protection needed against cardiovascular diseases and several types of cancers.

In her talk on ‘Nutrition – the role of vegetables and fruits in chronic disorders’ during the golden jubilee regional symposium 2011 of the National Academy of Medical Sciences in Hyderabad yesterday, she said fruits and vegetables were a part of weight loss diets that were also rich source of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. “Five to seven servings of fruits and vegetables per day per person are highly desirable,” said Dr. Polasa.

The eminent doctor has 85 papers published in Indian and international journals to his credit.

“People go to doctors for a cure. More importantly one should concentrate on sticking to healthy diet to prevent diseases,” she told the seminar. She said every one must consume 500 grams of fruits every day while avoiding fats, oils and sweets.


, Aug.16 (NSS): Metropolis Healthcare will soon launch a Green Field laboratory here. The lab is spread across 1800 sft and will conduct over 100 diversified tests at a time. Metropolis is one of the first national level laboratories to open a standalone lab facility in Hyderabad, with capabilities for routine and specialized testing including hormones, vitamins and tumour markers in the central location of Hyderabad city. The lab will also cater services to Andhra Pradesh as well as neighbouring cities. Metropolis Healthcare has invested around Rs 75 lakhs in the Hyderabad Green Field laboratory.

‘Green field’ is the term used when a company sets up a new laboratory instead of acquiring an already existing one. So Metropolis Healthcare under its banner will be setting up these new laboratories in the towns from where they are already collecting samples and have a customer base. Hence now instead of sending the samples to canter’s like Mumbai or Chennai they will be processed in the referral labs itself, thus reducing the TAT (Turn around time) and thereby faster reports are available .

Metropolis Healthcare Ltd, is coming up with 15 Greenfield laboratories in tier-II and tier-III cities across India The company is likely to make a total investment of around Rs 15 crores in fiscal year. These well-equipped labs will be located in cities like Gorakhpur, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Lucknow, Allahabad, Udaipur, Agra, Bhopal, Ranchi, Belgaum, Pondicherry, Kollam, Kottayam.

“We have already selected 10 locations for South and West India and five locations for North India. With Green Field Labs, Metropolis will be entering the tier II and tier III cities and this will result in high growth for the company,” said Ms Ameera Shah, Managing Director & CEO, Metropolis Healthcare Ltd.

Metropolis has had many national for introducing new technologies and test firsts to its credit: It was the first laboratory to introduce HIV testing, branch DNA technology and real-time ssequential detection systems to India, and first to offer turnkey laboratory management services for hospitals and stand-alone labs. (NSS)


Hyderabad, Aug.6 (NSS): Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), a 300 bedded, upscale,
Multi Super Specialty Hospital at Hyderabad was presented the NABH (National Accreditation Board
for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers) Certificate of Accreditation at a ceremony organised at its
premises here today. Dr Girdhar J. Gyani, CEO – NABH, presented the Certificate of Accreditation
to Mr B. Krishnaiah, Chairman – KIMS. Dr B. Bhaskar Rao, Managing Director & Chief Executive
Officer – KIMS was also present on the occasion.
KIMS is one of the 98 hospitals out of hundreds and thousands hospitals in the country to have
NABH accreditation. It is the eighth hospital in the State to get the accreditation. The accreditation is
granted for three years after which its standards will be reviewed. The certificate is valid up to July
In a pressnote issued in city, Dr B. Bhaskar Rao, MD & CEO – KIMS informed that Safety,
Quality Healthcare, accountability have been the hallmarks of KIMS. Right from its inception, KIMS
left no stone unturned to deliver the same to its patients. National Accreditation Board for Hospitals
and Healthcare providers (NABH) has designed an exhaustive healthcare standard for hospitals and
healthcare providers. This standard consists of stringent 500 plus objective elements for the hospital to
achieve in order to get the NABH accreditation. KIMS is proud to achieve the accreditation. With the
NABH Accreditation the patient can be rest assured that the hospital follows stringent standards as laid
down by the accreditation body for providing the best in patient care comparable to any international
hospital of repute. Accreditation will help us to continuously improve and provide quality care,
informed Mr. B. Krishnaiah, Chairman – KIMS.
NABH, a constituent board of Quality Council of India, set up to establish and operate
accreditation Programme for healthcare organizations confirmed KIMS as a centre for excellence after
a grueling inspection for 14 days. The focus of accreditation is on continuous improvement in the
organizational and clinical performance of health services. To comply with these standard elements,
the hospital needs to have a process-driven approach in all aspects of hospital activities – from
registration, admission, pre-surgery, peri-surgery and post-surgery protocols, discharge from the
hospital to follow-up with the hospital after discharge, etc.
Dr Girdhar J. Gyani, CEO – NABH congratulated hospital management for always striving hard
to provide quality medical care and getting the accreditation. Patients are the biggest beneficiaries
among all the stakeholders with Accreditation. It results in high quality of care and patient safety, he
said. (NSS)
Hyderabad, Aug 1 (NSS): The State government has decided to include Nalgonda district under the
Value Chain Development Hygienic Food Retailing scheme.
According to a GO issued on Monday, the government has decided to introduce a scheme for
promotion of clusters on “Value Chain Development in Food Processing Industries in Andhra Pradesh”
and issued orders to implement it in 10 districts initially and it can be extended in other districts based
on requirements. The districts are: Ranga Reddy, Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Medak, Kurnool, Chittoor,
Kadapa, Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam, Guntur and Prakasam.
The Commissioner of Industries said he had recommended to the government to include
Nalgonda district in the scheme as it has potential for growing sweet orange, Mango, Acid lime,
Guava, Sapota, Papaya, vegetables, spices. He said he requested the government to include Nalgonda
as 11th district under the scheme of Value Chain Development, Hygienic Food Retailing (Pulses, Milk
Products, Vegetables, Pre-cooked Food, Fruit Juices and so on) as they are abundantly produced in the

district. Pulses, milk products, vegetables, pre-cooked food, fruit juices were suggested for the scheme
in Nalgonda. (NSS)

Hyderabad, July 31 (NSS): The 300-bedded, upscale, multi super specialty hospital — KIMS is now NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals) accredited.

 Disclosing this in a pressnote issued today, Dr B. Bhaskar Rao, Managing Director, CEO and Cardiothoracic Surgeon of KIMS Hospital, informed that they just received the communication confirming it the accreditation.

The KIMS is one of the 98 hospitals out of hundreds and thousands hospitals in the country to have NABH accreditation. And it is the eighth hospital in the State to get the accreditation. The accreditation is granted for three years after which its standards will be reviewed.

The benefits of accreditation are manifold. Patients are the biggest beneficiary among all the stakeholders. Accreditation results in high quality of care and patient safety. The patients are serviced by credential medical staff. Rights of patients are respected and protected. Patient’s satisfaction is regularly evaluated. It also helps hospitals to stimulate continuous improvement. And enables them demonstrate commitment to quality care. The staff in an accredited hospital is satisfied lot as it provides for continuous learning, good working environment. Accreditation also provides an objective system of empanelment by insurance and other third parties. Accreditation provides access to reliable and certified information on facilities, infrastructure and level of care.  (NSS)

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Hyderabad, July 31 (NSS) TDP Rajya Sabha member Dr. M V Mysoora Reddy has said that his party would question the government on the farmers’ problems.

There was a meeting of the TD Parliamentary Party at the party chief Mr.N Chandrababu Naidu’s house on  Saturday night. 2G Spectrum scam, the allegations of now jailed former minister A Raja on the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Home Minister Mr. P Chidambaram, replies of the two,  Karnataka Lok Ayukta report onBellaryand Obulapuram mining, Supreme Court judgement and other issues were discussed in the meeting. Mr.Naidu has given suggestions on the issues to be raised during the ensuing Parliament session.

Briefing newsmen about the meeting, Mr. Mysoora Reddy has said that all these issues would be raised in the Parliament. He has also said that his party would give a notice for a discussion on illegal mining in Andhra Pradesh. CAG report on KG Basin Gas pricing, government’s failure in supplying fertilizers and seeds to farmers, non-implementation of the Minimum Support Price, Black Marketing of fertilizers and seeds, declaration of Crop Holiday by farmers farmers suicides and other agriculture related issue would be raised in both houses of the Parliament, he has added. He said his party would demand the inclusion of the Prime Minister also in the purview of Lok Pal. Even the selection of members should be transparent, he has demanded. (NSS)


Hyderabad, July 29 (NSS): “Aortic dissection is a condition caused by a tear in the inner lining of the aorta.  It is a potentially life-threatening condition in which there is bleeding into and along the wall of the aorta, the major artery carrying blood out of the heart. The pain experienced by the patient is the first symptom of the condition. The pain starts suddenly and it is usually described by the patient as tearing, ripping or stabbing.  This is in contrast to the pain normally associated with heart attacks”.

Talking to mediapersons today, Dr M. Gopichand, Chief Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Managing Director of Star Hospitals said that Aortic dissection is common catastrophe of the aorta.  When left untreated, 33% patients die within 24 hours, 50% in 48 hours. Even best of medical care and treatment may not save patients. Aortic dissections resulting in rupture has 80% mortality rate and 50% of patients die before they reach the hospital, he added. Blood may leak from the dissection and collect in the chest and around the heart. Aortic dissections require immediate surgery to repair the aorta, he informed.

In an unusal effort, the cardiac and vascular surgeons at Star Hospitals performed a unique and highly risky Hybrid Surgical Stent Procedure for the first time in the State on a 40-year-old patient from Kukatpally in the city, Dr Gopichand said, adding that middle aged men in late forties and fifties are victims of the aortic dissection. Aortic dissection occurs in approximately two out of every 10,000 people and most often seen in men aged between 40 and 70.

He said Aortic dissection is associated with hypertension (high blood pressure) and many connective tissue disorders. Over 70% of cases are associated with high blood pressure. Vasculitis (inflammation of an artery) is rarely associated with aortic dissection and it can also be the result of chest trauma. Under this procedure the risk of life is minimised. Only a few cases have been treated in India with this technique. It has less mortality.  The cost of the procedure may range between Rs 13 lakhs to Rs 15 lakhs depending on the condition of the patient, he added. (NSS)