Apollo Sugar welcomes government's move for diabetes screening

Keen on working closely with the government under PPP model to drive the initiative

Tuesday, 24th January 2017, Hyderabad: At a press conference today, Apollo Sugar welcomed government's move to initiate a massive drive to screen for diabetes across the country. The event was organized to share Apollo Sugar's expansion plans across the country with special focus on Telangana and Andhra Pradesh due to high prevalence of diabetes in the two states.

Apollo Sugar welcomes government's move for diabetes screening

Apollo Sugar welcomes government's move for diabetes screening

The healthcare brand has plans to expand to 300 clinics in the next 3 years across the country. The expansion plan will also include active tie ups with hospitals in Tier – II cities and rural areas. Presently, Apollo Sugar has 52 clinics, of which, 11 clinics are based out of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Recently, Apollo Sugar launched their clinic in Vijaywada through a tie up with Andhra Hospitals. These plans have been initiated keeping in mind the rapid increase in the number of diabetic patients across the geographic landscape of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

Apollo Sugar welcomes government's move for diabetes screening

Apollo Sugar started off with an intention to provide the best standards of preventive care for diabetic patients. The chain of clinics is equipped with highly trained, experienced and compassionate team of doctors, specialized dieticians, educators, and diabetes trained nurses. Considered as centre of excellence for diabetes and endocrine care, Apollo Sugar has the largest network of 110 dialectologists and endocrinologists and over 150 dieticians who have successfully catered to over 2 lakh happy and healthy customers. Among its recent initiatives, the brand launched an exclusive recipe book with easy and delectable diabetes friendly recipes. These recipes are put together by dieticians of Apollo sugar. Free copy of the book can be downloaded from Apollo Sugar’s Facebook page or can be picked directly from any Apollo Sugar Clinic.

On this occasion Mr. Gagan Bhalla, CEO, Apollo Sugar said, “We as a brand stand for preventive healthcare. As of today, we have done half a billion screenings for diabetes and therefore, we welcome Government’s initiative in diabetes screening across the country. From the 1 Lakh screenings that we have done in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh alone, we have found prevalence of diabetics and pre- diabetics in these two states to be 25% more as compared to national average of 18%. It was also found that people in Hyderabad with family history of diabetes were 3 times more likely to be diabetic as compare to those with no family history of diabetes. This makes Hyderabad alone twice the national average for citizens who are at risk of diabetes with family history of diabetes. These numbers are alarming and show that we are heading towards an epidemic.

In order to take control of the situation at the earliest, medical fraternity that specializes in diabetes care needs to come together with central and state governments to revert this condition.  To enable this, Apollo Sugar plans to expand to 300 clinics in the coming 3 years and is actively looking forward to working with 1500 to 2500 MBBS, MD General Practioners delivering world class diabetes & endocrine care at affordable prices through its flagship annual program called Sugar 360 in Tier – 2 cities and rural areas.”

About us

Apollo Sugar, Apollo Hospital Group’s flagship chain of innovative single speciality clinics in collaboration with Sanofi is committed solely to providing world class care for diabetics in India. Apollo Sugar was formally announced on September 30th 2014, by the group. It envisages to be a nationwide movement and one that brings together the government, industry, doctors and consumers in joining hands in the crusade against diabetes. Today, Apollo Sugar has brought in technological advancement by investing in the best-in-class equipment to cater to diagnosing and better managing diabetes and related complications. As an integral part of the Apollo Group that has a thirty years’ legacy of progressing healthcare in India, Apollo Sugar makes unrelenting efforts to transform lives through treatment, empowerment and Tender Loving Care, a hallmark of the Group.

Apollo Sugar: Gagan Bhalla, Chief Executive Officer

Gagan is a business leader with 16 years of professional management experience in Healthcare and Health Insurance. Gagan is the CEO of Apollo Sugar, an innovative care delivery business focused on providing assured care for Diabetics. Apollo Sugar is founded on the vision to make diabetes disease free, and is building the largest pan-India single specialty clinics model for Diabetes care, and deliver robust patient outcomes via best in class multi-disciplinary care teams, and proven treatment protocols

Gagan has been recognized by Economic Times (India’s #1 business daily) in “India's Top 40 Under 40” - a list of top CXOs active in corporate India. He has a demonstrated capability in creating new ventures from the ground up, substantially improving performance of existing businesses, developing leaders, and delivering business transformations.

 A brief synopsis of his previous experiences include: 

 At Max Bupa, Gagan was Director, Strategy & Healthcare Operations. He was a key member of the management team that delivered a highly successful growth stories in retail India Healthcare. His responsibilities included: Healthcare Operations (Claims, Provider Network, Health Risk Management, Health Analytics, Fraud Risk Control), Transformation & Growth Initiatives, TQM, and Bancassurance.

Before Max Bupa, Gagan was with Aetna (a Fortune 100 company) as Global Managing Director, Strategy and Corporate Development. In this capacity, he led Aetna's expansion into China & India, and Aetna’s $7Bn Coventry acquisition to expand into Medicare. He also led Aetna’s growth into Health Exchanges, and Accountable Care businesses.

Prior to Aetna, Gagan was an Associate Partner in Accenture's Healthcare Management Consulting practice out of New York. In this capacity, he served top C-level clients in Healthcare in areas of growth strategy and operations turnarounds across key parts of the Healthcare value chain including Pharma, Biotech, Med Device, Health Insurance and Care Delivery

Gagan has worked in the US, Europe, and South Asia. Having been educated and worked globally, Gagan is comfortable in the professional & cultural context of MNCs or Indian corporates

In his personal time, he loves to spend time with his 2 daughters, and plays golf or squash with friends.