• Mr Amol Naikawadi, Joint Managing Director, Indus Health Plus (P) Ltd
  • Mr Amol Naikawadi, Joint Managing Director, Indus Health Plus (P) Ltd, in an interview with People & Management magazine shares his views on the current health care industry, importance of preventive health care, vision and values of Indus Health Plus.

Being the first in preventive healthcare category to popularise use of CT scanning technology, what are the challenges Indus Health Plus faced to make a mark in the market/industry?

For us the challenge was to come up with an integrated model to combine the strengths of hospitals, diagnostic centers, labs and path services with holistic approach to deliver an affordable and comprehensive preventive health check to masses. Apart from the regular challenges of resource allocation faced by every new enterprise, the initial challenge for us was to sensitise people about the nature of NCDs and make them aware of their own lifestyles, which could lead to a heart attack, cancer or diabetes. So we started convincing our own extended family and friends by arranging interactive sessions with doctors. The major challenge for us even today is the sheer skepticism that the masses show towards the importance of preventive health check-ups.

Can you explain what ‘preventive health care’ is all about? Why it is necessary?

‘Prevention Is Better than Cure’ is something that we have all heard since our school days but seldom do we actually implement it. Though prevention is an urgent need, not much was being done in the area. Keeping this in mind, Indus Health Plus was established in the year 2000 by a team of like-minded professionals to make healthcare ‘Affordable, Accessible and Available’ to all. Indus Health Plus emphasises on preventive healthcare through its customised healthcare packages. Already in its 13th year of operations, it has already reached out to more than 3.8 lakh people (and is rapidly growing) across the country. With so many serviced all under one roof and the entire testing, reports and counseling compelled in ONE single day, this cost advantage is something that Indus is proud to offer to its customers.

Is there a need of creating awareness for ‘preventive health care’ at individual level (especially people working in offi ces)?

With the increase in number of lifestyle diseases, much more amongst youngsters, it is imperative to practice prevention. With increasing stress levels at workplace, the productivity gets affected and health of employee too remains at stake. Prevention and regular check-ups are important but it is also necessary to balance work and personal life. It is prudent to start making small changes in lifestyle with immediate effect, irrespective of one’s age. The trick is to do it unintentionally. Begin by taking stairs than lift. Park your car at farthest possible spot from entrance, swap butter to margarine, do whatever possibly you can to cut down on sugar and fat in food and add on to your physical activity; min 30 min to start with. With a buzz in daily life with number of responsibilities, it is imperative for me to practice healthy habits. Consuming min 2-3 litres of water daily, proper sleep, exercise and a positive outlook towards life has personally helped me stay fi t and happy. I also do take appropriate preventive check-ups and screening. It’s good to stay fi t, and I advise the same to all.

Indian Health Care industry is still considered to be in progressing stage in terms of ‘preventive diagnostics’. Have you find any shift changes in the last few years?

In a developing economy like ours, people are more prone to lifestyle diseases and less than 0.1 percent of population goes for preventive check-ups. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), it is indicated that India is increasingly becoming the capital for various diseases like cancer, heart and other stress related (lifestyle) diseases. According to a report of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), eight percent of households are pushed below the poverty line each year due to health expenditure. The lifestyle of the populace however has been depleting and therefore affecting lives in many ways. It is this concern that we address and would continue to do so to make one and all aware of the fact that a preventive measure is available, accessible and also affordable to the masses.

Can you share future growth plans of your company?

We are now looking at having 100 centers by March 2014. Many regional and national healthcare chains are in talks with us. If these associations do materialise, we will achieve the numbers much before the targeted date. We are looking at being in top 10 cities while also concentrating at a mix of Tier-II and in some cases Tier-III cities as we aim to achieve pan-India presence. Looking at current success, we wish to consolidate our national presence in coming years by spreading ourselves in eastern and north eastern regions as well as to improve our presence in southern regions of India. In next 3-5 years, we have a modest ambition of facilitating the screening programme to many more, thereby reaching out on a macro level. With edge in preventive health care that we are embarking on, even international bodies have started recognising us and in times to come we look forward to extend our services in international market also.

Do you want to give any message to readers/society at large?

All I want to share with my readers and the society is that your health is in your hand. Let not any disease over rule the control that you have in your hand to be healthy. Get a preventive health check-up done on a regular basis and a good and healthy life.

 

Mr Amol Naikawadi, Joint Managing Director, Indus Health Plus (P) Ltd

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