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Kokilaben Hospital: We are your safe space

Thursday, August 20th, 2020

Have you been delaying your regular treatment? Has a family member postponed his/her elective surgery due to COVID? Do you think twice before visiting a doctor for non-COVID problems?

COVID-19 is here to stay for some time, it is time for all of us to accept the “new normal” and access timely medical help as and when required. It is time to live life Above and Beyond COVID-19. Medical care is not a luxury but a necessity of life. Imagine a world without safe access to medical emergency services! This would lead to disastrous results and will cause more harm than COVID-19 itself.

Over the last few months, while India was under complete lockdown medical facilities across the country were overwhelmed with a deluge of coronavirus infections and many patients with non-COVID illnesses struggled to get timely medical care. 

Our team at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital believes that “Your safety is our concern, your health our priority”. We proved this in these testing times and our team continued to work during the lockdown. Our team of healthcare experts has gone beyond their call of duty to ensure that patients receive the best medical care even during the lockdown. Our medical services did not pause in the lockdown. Here is a list of medical care attended to during the lockdown (from 24 March to 30 June):

  • 3100 Chemotherapy sessions
  • 6111 Radiation therapy sessions
  • 408 Cancer surgeries
  • 102 Children’s Heart surgeries
  • 530 Adult cardiac procedures
  • 105 Neurosurgeries
  • 1000 New patients from other parts of India
  • 5 Organ Transplants
  • 2148 Home Blood Collections
  • 1222 complex surgeries
  • 15,280  OPD consultations
  • 7500 Dialysis sessions
  • 5010 Online consultations

We are your safe space

Don’t delay your regular treatment because of the pandemic. Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital follows exhaustive, globally benchmarked safety protocols for screening, disinfection, infection control, and surgery. Here are some steps taken by our hospital to ensure your safety:

Thermal screening at entry:
All employees, visitors, and patients are screened for fever

Infection control

  • Universal masking policy
  • Appropriate and adequate PPE for staff
  • Regular disinfection of hospital floor, surfaces, elevators, and high-touch surfaces
  • FDA-approved hand sanitizers

Complete segregation of COVID testing and treatment areas

  • Entrance and exit
  • Dedicated ICU, OTs and wards
  • Negative pressure air-handling unit
  • Staff, catering services, laundry, and waste disposal

Comprehensive COVID screening

  • Testing for patients before planned surgery
  • Separate designated waiting area for results to prevent accidental transmission

Social distancing and zero crowding

  • Visiting hours suspended
  • OPD appointments staggered
  • Only one relative per patient in outpatient and inpatient departments

Don’t delay your regular treatment. Reach out to our experts for all your healthcare concerns. Call us on 022-42696969 for Appointments and 022-42699999 for Emergency services. We are your safe space. To find out more visit

Stress Management Tips for a Better Health

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

No one is immune to stress. Fast paced lifestyle and the pressure of doing too much in too little time results in stressful situations which can easily trigger multiple health problems. If you are tensed, strained or hassled, take corrective measures to deal with your problem, instead of letting it affect your health. Here are a few stress management tips for better health:

Have a Good Laugh – Family & Work related responsibilities are a part & parcel of our life. Stressing too much about them will only add to the trauma thereby affecting your mental & physical health. Make humor your best friend and laugh more often. Laughter is known to increase endorphins released by the brain, ease tension within the body, fight anxiety, uplift your mood and reduce depression.

Plan your day ahead – Time management has proven to be extremely effective in reducing the stress in your everyday life. Planning a schedule not only makes your day productive but also acts as a motivation to get through the day. In an attempt to keep up with the daily schedule your mind will automatically overlook depressive thoughts

Get Moving – Any form of exercise is known to stimulate the production of feel-good brain chemicals and reduce the count of stress hormones. Moreover it also helps in keeping your body toned which in turn improves your self-confidence. Swimming, Biking, Walking, Running, Aerobics, Zumba, Power yoga and Gym workouts are different kinds of physical activity that will keep you occupied and away from stress.

Get a Pet – Research studies have proven the fact that spending time with pets not only improves your mood but actually benefits the overall health. It is believed that petting a dog/cat promotes the production of feel-good hormones like prolactin, serotonin & oxytocin, and reduces the amount of damaging stress hormones.

Hum your favorite tune – Studies indicate that singing can alter your mood and bring in positivity in your thoughts. In addition to reducing your stress levels, this habit is also known to benefit your breathing, heart and immune system. So the next time you are stressed out, simply turn up the music system and start singing

Find a Hobby –Having a hobby can not only avoid the damaging effects of stress but also help you achieve a well-balanced lifestyle. There is evidence to prove that indulging in different kinds of leisure activities keeps a person mentally alert & active and can actually delay Alzheimer’s disease to some extent.

Do not bring your office into your home – Avoid doing your office work at home. Your home should be treated as a place where you unwind & relax after a hard day’s work. If you continue to work at home after an 8 hour shift at the office, it will not only impact your physical health but also take a toll on your mental well-being.

Everyone wants to live a stress-free life. All you have to do is strike a perfect balance between your personal & professional life. Make enough time for yourself and your family. Take a break from your hectic schedule, once in a while to chill out with your loved ones

World Diabetes Day

Monday, November 14th, 2016

Diabetes is a chronic, devastating and sometimes fatal disease, in which the body either cannot produce insulin or cannot properly use the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone that controls the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood. Diabetes leads to high blood sugar levels, which can damage organs, blood vessels and nerves. The body needs insulin to use sugar as an energy source.

14th November was chosen as “World Diabetes Day” as it coincides with Frederick Banting’s birthday, the man who, along with Charles Best and John James Rickard Macleod, conceived the idea that led to the discovery of insulin in 1922. This was a remarkable achievement in the treatment of diabetes.

Types of Diabetes:

Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks and kills the beta cells of the pancreas. No, or very little, insulin is released into the body. As a result, sugar builds up in the blood instead of being used as energy. About 5 per cent of people with diabetes have type 1 diabetes. It generally develops in childhood or adolescence, but can develop in adulthood. Type 1 diabetes is always treated with insulin. Meal planning also helps with keeping blood sugar at the right levels.

Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body can’t properly use the insulin that is released or does not make enough insulin. As a result, sugar builds up in the blood instead of being used as energy. About 95 per cent of the people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes. It often develops in adults, but children can be affected.

Depending on the severity of type 2 diabetes, it may be managed through physical activity and meal planning, or may also require medications and/or insulin to control blood sugar more effectively.

Gestational diabetes

A third type of diabetes, gestational diabetes, is a temporary condition that occurs during pregnancy. It affects approximately two to four per cent of all pregnancies and involves an increased risk of developing diabetes for both mother and child.

Diabetes and some complications

Having high blood sugar can cause diabetes-related complications, like chronic kidney disease, foot problems, non-traumatic lower limb (leg, foot, toe, etc.) amputation, eye disease (retinopathy) that can lead to blindness, heart attack, stroke, anxiety, nerve damage, and erectile dysfunction (men).

Diabetes-related complications can be very serious and even life-threatening. The earlier a person is diagnosed with diabetes the better it is. Properly managing blood sugar levels reduces the risk of developing them.

Did you know?

Nearly one in two, 46 per cent of the 415 million adults living with diabetes are unaware of their condition. Most of these cases are type 2 diabetes. World Diabetes Day aims to highlight the need to screen, diagnose and provide appropriate treatment to people with diabetes across countries. “Eyes on Diabetes” is the theme of World Diabetes Day this year. It is a call for action to screen people at the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Risk factors for developing diabetes:
  • Excess weight
  • Family history
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Poor nutrition during pregnancy
  • High Blood pressure
  • Ethnicity

Early lifestyle intervention can protect your future health and reduce health costs required to treat complications.Up to 70% of type 2 diabetes cases can be prevented or delayed by adopting healthier lifestyles.

Diabetes, some facts you need to know:
  • Type 2 diabetes often does not have any symptoms.
  • Only about five percent of all people with diabetes have type 1 diabetes.
  • If you are at risk, type 2 diabetes can be prevented with moderate weight loss and 30 minutes of moderate physical activity (such as brisk walking) each day.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in working-age adults.
  • People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop heart disease than someone without diabetes.
  • Bariatric surgery can reduce the symptoms of diabetes in obese people.
Diabetes and India

The number of people with diabetes in India has nearly quadrupled since 1980.There strong evidence that Indians have a greater degree of insulin resistance and a stronger genetic predisposition to diabetes. There were 69.1 million cases of diabetes in India reported in 2015.

Get yourself checked this World Diabetes Day. As a nation we must be more aware about the risks of developing Type 2 diabetes and take measures to prevent it. Visit Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital for a check up of your blood sugar levels. Our centre of Diabetes and Obesity is well equipped to take care of all diabetes patients. Please check the below link for further details:

Happy Diwali!

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

Over the years as societies become more urbanised the needs of the masses changes, and so must the ways we celebrate our festivals. Diwali has become bigger, noisier and brighter with the ever increasing firecrackers. Over the years the health problems have also magnified. We must work towards a more eco-friendly celebration and wherein we are sensitive to our environment and society.

Bursting fireworks is a strange way to display our happiness. We must refrain from it and discourage our children too. Let us celebrate the festival of lights retaining it as a festival of joy without converting it into a public health problem.

Aftermath of Fireworks:

Air Pollution

Fireworks may seem exciting however they come with a host of illness triggers. During Diwali partially combusted low volatile organic compounds remain suspended in the atmosphere for several days. This is deadly for not just asthmatics, but causes breathing difficulties in anyone. Several crackers have multiple toxic chemicals like sulphur nitrates, magnesium, nitrogen dioxide increase, which are injurious to our respiratory passages.

Noise Pollution

‘Bombs’ are a favourite amongst many however they lead to immense noise pollution. A prolonged exposure to such high levels of noise can lead to permanent damage of the eardrums. Doctors get many cases wherein people who suffer holes in the eardrums not due to a direct injury, but the intense sound pressure of crackers.

Pet Care

Pets get very frightened with the loud noise of fireworks. It is advisable to keep your pets indoors and close all the curtains to make things calmer.

Child Exploitation

As most of you must be aware numerous children are employed by the firecracker industry. They work long hours and are exposed to harmful chemicals and acids. Their skin comes in constant contact with the acids and they also breathe harmful fumes.

Medical Injuries

Unfortunately injuries from fireworks spoil the fun for many families. Each year Diwali brings a fresh number of cases involving loss of eyesight and serious burns and injuries caused by fireworks. The most common reason is wrong handling of fireworks.

If you are one of those who will still continue to burst crackers this Diwali,then here are some precautions to follow:

  • Keep a first aid box and a bucket of water or sand nearby to handle emergencies.
  • While igniting Diwali aerial fireworks like rockets, ensure that they are not facing any opening like a window, door or an open building gate.
  • Don’t burn crackers in crowded, congested places and narrow lanes.
  • We must not let children burst crackers unaccompanied by an adult. Keep an eye on them constantly.
  • Don’t try to examine un-burst crackers.. leave it!
  • Avoid long loose clothes while bursting crackers, as they are fast in catching fire.
  • Strictly avoid using matches and lighters for bursting crackers for Diwali as they have open flames that can be dangerous.
  • Don’t keep your face close to the cracker while trying to light it
  • In case of burns, pour large quantity of water on the burnt area.
  • The patient should be taken to a burns specialist or a major hospital.
  • In case of eye burns, wash the eye with tap water for 10 minutes and take the victim to a hospital.
Other safety precautions:
  • The earthen lamps that we light on Diwali night are generally placed on balcony and window panes. Always ensure that these are not near any flammable material like wood, cloth or paper.
  • Make sure the decorative lights should never be tied to any metal poles as any current leak can energize the pole and give a shock to anyone who touches the pole.
Diwali and Food

It is difficult to stay away from sweet temptations in the festive season. Let us try to adapt some small changes in our diet this Diwali .Use natural sweeteners like dates, jaggery, honey or figs in sweets instead of sugar or artificial sweeteners. The best time to eat sweets is either on an empty stomach or when the body is low on calories.

Stay away from packaged savouries as they contain trans-fats which can be very dangerous for our cholesterol levels. Make your savouries at home, you can also bake them instead of frying them to cut down on fat.

Wishing you all a very Happy and Safe Diwali! Stay healthy and Eat healthy this festive season. This Diwali in case of any medical emergencies please contact our team of doctors at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital. Our Full Time Specialist System ensures availability and access to the best medical talent 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Certain incidents of eye injuries and burns occur during Diwali for which people need immediate medical relief. Please visit our website for more details:

World Osteoporosis Day

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Osteoporosis, literally means ‘porous bone’, is a disease in which the bone mass and bone strength are reduced. As we get older, we are unable to replace the bone tissue as quickly as we lose it. Osteoporosis occurs when new bone formation does not match the bone loss. Osteoporosis is a common disease that makes the bones thinner and thus more likely to break.

Symptoms and signs

Osteoporosis can be present without any symptoms for decades as it doesn’t show any symptoms until a bone breaks (fractures). Surprisingly, some osteoporotic fractures may escape detection for years if they do not cause symptoms. Therefore, patients may not be aware of their osteoporosis until they suffer a painful fracture.

What Causes Osteoporosis?

Some risk factors which make you more susceptible to osteoporosis:

  • Gender: Women get osteoporosis more often than men.
  • Age: The older you are, the greater your risk of osteoporosis.
  • Body size:. Small, thin women are at greater risk.
  • Family history: If osteoporosis runs in the family you are more likely to get it.
  • Sex hormones: Low estrogen levels due to missing menstrual periods or to menopause can cause osteoporosis in women. Low testosterone levels can bring on osteoporosis in men.
  • Anorexia nervosa: This eating disorder can lead to osteoporosis.
  • Calcium and vitamin D intake: A diet low in calcium and vitamin D makes you more prone to bone loss.
  • Medication use: Some medicines increase the risk of osteoporosis.
  • Activity level: Lack of exercise or long-term bed rest can cause weak bones.
  • Smoking: Cigarettes are bad for bones, and the heart, and lungs, too.
  • Drinking alcohol: Too much alcohol can cause bone loss and broken bones.

How Do I Know if I Have Osteoporosis?

If your are suffering any back ache, neck pain or muscle pain you must consult a doctor to see if a bone density test is needed. These scans use very small amounts of radiation to see how strong your bones are.

Treatments for Osteoporosis

Many osteoporosis treatments stop bone loss and lower your chances of fractures. Small changes in your diet and lifestyle along with medications help slow down bone loss or build new bone.

Tips to prevent Osteoporosis

Some healthy habits can help prevent osteoporosis and fractures:

  • Healthy Lifestyle: Smoking is bad for bones as well as for the heart and lungs. Avoid excessive consumption of alcohol as it makes you more prone to bone loss.
  • Exercise: It makes your bones and muscles stronger. Weight-bearing exercises, such as walking jogging, playing tennis, and dancing, are best for preventing osteoporosis when done regularly.
  • Add calciumto your diet: Experts recommend 1,000 milligrams each day for women before menopause and 1,200 milligrams a day for those who’ve been through it. Milk and dairy products, fish,dark green, leafy vegetables, such as kale and broccoli are good sources of calcium.
  • Supplement your diet: ;Its best to get calcium through the food you eat. But if you don’t get enough, ask your doctor if you need any calcium supplements.
  • Vitamin D: Your body needs it to absorb calcium. You can get some of what you need by spending time in the sun, which prompts your body to make vitamin D.

Some facts of Osteoporosis

  • Osteoporosis is a condition of fragile bone with an increased susceptibility to fracture.
  • The diagnosis of osteoporosis can be suggested by X-rays and confirmed by tests to measure bone density.
  • Osteoporosis is common in India, and high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency among Indians is one of the major reasons for this condition.
  • It is important to encourage children to drink milk and play in the sun so as to ensure adequate calcium intake and vitamin D synthesis.
  • Peak bone density is reached at approximately 25 years of age. Therefore, it is important to build strong bones by this age so that the bones will remain strong later in life

Our specialised Osteoporosis Clinic at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital aims to prevent and treat osteoporosis through education, nutrition, physical therapy and medication. The primary goal is to prevent fractures by stopping or slowing the bone loss, maintaining bone strength and eliminating factors that contribute to falls. The clinic is managed by our team of specialists. We use our advanced technology and the latest DEXA machine to treat our osteoporosis patients.