March 8th is celebrated as International Woman's Day every year. This year, it was indeed a special day with a celebration at Apollo Cradle, Koramangala. On this occasion, Apollo Cradle, the well known boutique birthing center, unveiled its Woman's Health -Wise check up, customized health check ups for women of all age groups.
A round of introductions at the busy reception area - Sharmi Komal, Priya Sachan and Agratha Dinakaran along with Sagarika of Madison PR made up the small group . Soon after, we made a beeline to Jiggs Kalra's Punjab Grill. We had lunch with Mr. Uday, General Manager Apollo, Dr. Suresh.G, Medical Director, Apollo Cradle and Dr.Priya, who heads the Value Added Services Team. Food, motherhood, pregnancy, parenting and blogging ensured enough conversation thorough out the meal.
Loved the Bhuttenyan De Kabab, Daal Punjab Grills and the very flavorful Tarkari Kesari Biryani. Chewy Naan and Amritsari Kulcha, Paneer Tikka Lababdar, Malerkotle Da Achaari Aloo did not leave quite leave their mark. Delectably creamy Rose Phirni and Gulab Jamun made for a lovey end to the meal. We later thoroughly enjoyed a fun make-over session by Lakme and some very relaxing foot reflexology - wish every day was like this!
Back at the hospital, Mr.Uday Davda, Cradle took us on a tour of the hospital, bringing back memories, some pleasant and some not-so, to the mothers amongst us. They claim state of the art facilities, including 4D ultrasound imaging system and ultra modern NICU.
It was heart-wrenching to see tiny premature babies in their incubators, constantly tended to by the specially trained nurses. The recovery rooms and the consultation rooms have been designed keeping in mind the special needs of a new mother, baby and the family attending on her. The bedside buzzer you ring in the room brings help running in within 30 seconds as Mr.Uday demostrated to us! Extremely reassuring for the recovering guest, specially when no family is around. The hospital also offers services to pick up patients from home in an emergency.
Proactive health screenings though on the rise in the recent years, can do with more awareness, specifically with regard to women.
''A regular health check-up is of paramount importance in every woman's life. In her everyday attempts to excel, a healthy mind and body is a woman's best ally. AHLL's Age- Specific health check packages are specially crafted keeping in mind the changing facets of health with age. The packages are customized to cater to the specific health requirements of women in their teens, 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s.
These health packages address the need for regular screening tests, since there are a host of health related issues' say Apollo Cradle.
Cervical Cancer is one of the most prevalent diseases today, studies showing that one woman dies every 7 minutes of cervical cancer. This cancer is caused by Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). The infection caused by HPV most of the times disappears without treatment sometimes stays in the cells of some women, eventually causing cervical cancer. Along with regular screening, HPV vaccine is the most effective way of preventing cervical cancer.
All women who are sexually active are potentially at risk of contracting the virus. Hence the best time for a woman to get herself vaccinated is before she becomes sexually active, the best age to get vaccinated is 11-12 years. Vaccine at later years may not be very effective.
Dr. Suresh briefed us about the health check-ups stressing on the importance of regular screening. Below are the various packages offered at Apollo Cradle.
Health Teens : A healthy adolescent is a healthy adult. Emotional and physical health during this difficult phase, personal hygiene, weight issues, timely immunization and other tests are part of this package.
Health Twenties Package : Pre-marital screening helps address any health issues early, gearing up the young woman for a healthy motherhood. This package includes early diagnosis of any medical disorders, safe sex and contraceptive advise to help aid safe pregnancy and other related tests.
Health Thirties : Stress contributes to conception issues. And then there are other health issues like bone loss, skin tone and weight gain. This package aims at addressing these issues, helping pave the way for physical and mental wellness during the years to come.
Health Forties : A phase when hormonal changes in a woman's body bring about physical and emotional challenges to deal with. Mood swings, perimenopausal issues, timely screening and early detection of medical disorders and cancer, graceful ageing and help with weight challenges, along with other tests are part of this package.
Health fifties: Age and menopause bring more challenges, physical and emotional. Bone health, prolapsed uterus, stress incontinence, handling empty nest syndrome, weight management, early detection of cancer and other tests are part of this package.
These health packages are available at Apollo Cradle & Apollo Clinics*. As an introductory offer all consumers can avail a 25% discount on the package till March 31st, 2014.
Apollo Clinics location- Basvangudi||Bellandur|| Fraser Town ||HSR Layout || Indiranagar || Kormangala || Sadasivnagar || Sarjapur Road
Apollo Cradle locations- Koramangala – 080 49397979|| Jayanagar – 080 42659998/99.
Thanks Apollo Cradle and Madison PR for making our day truly special!
Please note : The above information has been compiled from the pamphlets provided by Apollo Cradle. This post is an attempt to help spread awareness about health screenings.