Philips India to intensify efforts to raise awareness of sleep disorders

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Patna : With March 14 being celebrated as World Sleep Day, Philips Healthcare India today announced plans to organize over 300 sleep-focused awareness events and to train over 500 physicians in dealing with sleep disorders in 2014.

As a global leader in sleep-related solutions, Philips has been consistently working towards raising awareness of sleep disorders and providing sleep-related solutions in India through a holistic approach. As part of this drive, Philips has assisted hospitals and clinics across the country in establishing more than 250 sleep labs touching 3, 00,000 lives in last 2-3 years. In 2013, the company conducted over 200 sleep focused events and trained over 300 technicians and 600 physicians to meet the demand for trained sleep specialists. It has also introduced the first certificate training program for physicians under the banner of Indian Sleep Disorder Association.

“Sleep disorders are a much more serious issue than most people understand, especially given their direct correlation with other more serious conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke etc. For example, in a country where snoring is traditionally associated with sound sleep, it is extremely challenging to make people aware that it is actually a sign of a serious sleep disorder called Obstructive Sleep Apnea,” said Bidur Dhaul, Senior Director, Home Health Care, Philips Healthcare India. “We have been able to increase awareness significantly over the past few years, but there is still a long way to go,” he adds.

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