Togadia backs on his profession, launches India Health Line in Bhopal
BHOPAL: Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) international
working president Dr PraveenTogadia is back on his profession. Dr Togadia on
Saturday launched the India Health Line, a network of 5000 doctors who have
joined his mission to provide free medical treatment to the needy patient
suffering from terminal diseases. And not just for Hindus, every caste and
religion have been invited to join the medical venture, as patients, doctors or
India Health Line is already operational in New Delhi,
Nagpur and Pune. From Saturday, the services are offered in Bhopal, Gwalior,
Jabalpur and Indore. To avail free treatment service or be part of the programme
as a doctor or health ambassador, one needs to dial 18602333666. For doctors,
the appeal is to medically treat for free just one needy patient a day and for
volunteers to donate just four hours of one Sunday in a month.
Being an oncology surgeon himself, Dr Togadia by his
own submission picked-up the stethoscope he locked in the cupboard 18 years
ago, and has started a crusade to provide not just free medical treatment but
expensive cancer injections and medication at one-third the market price.
“In the past 40 years, the health situation of the
country has changed dramatically. When I joined the profession in the
Seventies, we never tested a 40-year-old patient for diabetes and hypertension.
We also laughed at the US and European countries where 40-year-olds died of
heart attacks,” Dr Togadia said.
“But that adverse health condition is part of this
nation today. There are six crore diabetics, more than seven crore
pre-diabetics, 15 crore hypertension patients, a 20 crore population affected
by obesity, 58% women are anaemic and eight lakh people die every year of
cancer. Only 29% health services are provided by the government and the rest
71% by private doctors while 40 crore people earn less than Rs 31 per day. To
visit a cancer specialist like me, the patient needs to pay consultation fee of
Rs 2000,” he argued.
India Health Line will work as the connection between
speciality consultant doctors and needy patients. The doctors who have joined
the campaign include Dr Jitendra Patel, president the Indian Medical
Association and Dr Girish Kumar Singh, director AIIMS. In Bhopal, five doctors
joined Togadia health crusade on Saturday including Dr Rupesh Jain (MD), Dr DP
Singh asst professor medicine, Dr Bhupendra Ratre (MD) and Dr Narendra Prasad
Dr Togadia argued that one crore needy patients from
poor, lower middle-class and middle class families can be medically treated
annually and India Health Line will fix appointments with specialists who will
treat the needy patient for free.
“In India only 3% of the population go for health
tests which mean that the rest of the population does not even know whether
they are affected by diseases. India Health Line will go to the rural and urban
areas to conduct free blood sugar, blood pressure and obesity screening tests.
We have 43,000 physical blood donors and are targeting to get one million
donors across the country,” Togadia explained.
Youth will be trained as health ambassadors who will
come from every caste and community. They will go back to treat their own
community members so there is no dearth of at least the minimum health
Togadia is working on what could be a boon for cancer
patients. He is working overtime contacting big pharmaceutical companies so
cancer injections and chemotherapy becomes affordable. "The magic formula
is in bulk buying. We will take the best and from the top companies but with
massive bulk buying, the prices can be heavily slashed down.
Cancer medicines are the most expensive ranging from
Rs 10,000 to Rs 25,000. The same medicines which costs Rs 10,000 in the market
can be purchased for Rs 3,000 if we order in bulk for 5,000 to 10,000 units to
the same company," he added. Togadia is on an all India health mission and
on Sunday he launches the same in Rajasthan.