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Apollo Opened State-of-the-Art Genomics Institute in Kolkata to Advance Healthcare

News Desk, News Nation 360 : Apollo Specialty Hospitals Apollo Genomics Institute (AGI), the newest facility in Kolkata, a top healthcare provider known for its dedication to innovation and patient-centric care, was proudly opened. This noteworthy accomplishment demonstrates Apollo's ongoing commitment to advancing personalised medicine and genetic healthcare. Distinguished speakers at the opening of the company's Kolkata branch included Dr Rohit Bhojaraj, Vice President of Children, Genomics, and Clinical Operations; Dr Mahesh Kumar Goenka, Director of Gastrosciences and Medical Education; and Dr Anupam Sibal, Group Medical Director of the Apollo Hospitals Group. Dr Surinder Singh Bhatia, Director of Medical Services, Eastern Region; Mr Rana Dasgupta, CEO, Apollo Hospitals Group, Eastern Region; and Dr Saswati Mukhopadhyay, Consultant Clinical Geneticist, Apollo Multispeciality Hospitals, Kolkata, were also in attendance. A symbolic lamp-lighting ceremony to usher in a new era in genomic medicine was also part of the event. Regarding the inauguration of the institute at Kolkata, Dr. Preetha Reddy, Executive Vice Chairperson of Apollo Hospitals Group, stated that given the extreme diversity and heterogeneity of India, genomic medicine may be able to revolutionise the country. A significant class of diseases is emerging from genetic disorders as infant mortality rates are falling. A report published in 2021 by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare states that between 7,000 and 8,000 disorders are among the diseases in India that are classified as rare worldwide. People are becoming more aware of the importance of genomic testing in the diagnosis and prevention of genetic diseases and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disorders, among others, as our population becomes more health-conscious. An important step towards managing and preventing NCDs, which remain a major public health concern in India and around the world, is the Genomics Institute's expansion. After being founded in Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, and Chennai, the Apollo Genomics Institute has now expanded to Kolkata. It attempts to address the region's growing need for early disease detection and prevention as well as the rising prevalence of genetic disorders. 


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