Marking a new milestone in Apollo Hospital’s journey, a new commemorative postal stamp on Preventive Healthcare was released by Tamil Nadu Governor Bunwarilal Purohit on Monday in Chennai.
The stamp honours and acknowledges the pioneering efforts of Apollo Hospitals’ Chairman Dr Pratap C Reddy in preventive healthcare in India.
Established over 35 years ago in 1983 by Dr Pratap, Apollo became one of the first corporate hospitals in India to make advanced medical care accessible to all, in addition to introducing the practise of ‘master health check’ in the country.
Lauding Apollo’s contribution, Governor Bunwarilal had said, “Preventive Care was first pioneered in India by Dr Prathap Reddy and today I am happy to commend his dedication to Disease Prevention through this special stamp.”
Having completed 20 million health checks in these past 36 years, Apollo recently launched South East Asia’s first ever Proton Cancer Care Therapy centre in Chennai. This centre was inaugurated by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu in January this year.
In 2009, Government of India released a commemorative stamp felicitating Apollo’s pioneering spirit. The stamp was launched on November 2, 2009 by A Raja, the then Union Minister of Communications and IT, Government of India, and MK Stalin, the then Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.
Later in 2014, a stamp was released by Department of Posts, Philately Section, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of India's first successful liver transplant performed at Apollo Hospitals.
According to a release on their site, Sanjay Kandaswamy, then a two-year-old boy from Kancheepuram district in Tamil Nadu was the first child in India to have received a successful liver transplant on November 15, 1998 with his father being the donor. The surgery was performed at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi. 17-year-old Sanjay too was present during the launch.