22nd May 2010, www.sundaytimes.lk, By Chanaka de Silva
HealthCare Global Enterprises Ltd (HCG), which says its one of the leading cancer care facilities in India, is seeking investment or partnerships to set up a state of the art facility here in Sri Lanka.
Health Care Global Director Marketing Dinesh Madhavan told the Business Times that, “We are looking for Government partnership or a joint venture with a local partner. We have found that there is large requirement for bone marrow transplants and Thalassemia treatment for patients in Sri Lanka. Usually these patients would have to travel to India to receive treatment. Once our facility is set up it will enable patients here to receive treatment conveniently and at a much lesser cost.”
Commenting on the type of investment sought, Mr Madhavan said they require the local party to put up the land and building whilst they will provide the technical knowhow medical expertise and equipment. The total investment is estimated at US$6.2 million of which their contribution will be $2.8 million. HCG with its headquarters in Bangalore is believed to be South Asia's largest cancer care provider, and is the only dedicated cancer care network with quality care across 18 centres. The centre treats over 30,000 new patients a year.
“For over five years HCG has been defining the future of cancer care in India by designing, building and managing cancer centres with a steadfast vision: to transform cancer care environment by bringing core clinical services to one central place. The intent of this single place is to help patients achieve longer, better lives - and to improve one cancer care centre at a time. HCG manages a network of 19 hospitals across South Asia, making it the largest cancer care network of hospitals,” the company said.
Mr Madhavan, during a exploratory visit to Colombo, said the company is also approaching the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health to facilitate doctors and medical persons to visit HCG Bangalore for training purpose. Further Indian doctors will visit Sri Lanka periodically to conduct medical consultation camps and continuous medical education in the months to come.
The facilities available for the patients at HCG are the latest in use today. They are Medical Oncology, Surgical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Cyber knife , Hemato Oncology, Maxillo Facial Department, Pediatric Oncology, Gynec Oncology, Bone marrow transplant,Nuclear Medicine Department, Radiology Department, a 24/7 Blood Bank with cell component and Pheresis facility, Triesta Sciences, State-of-the-Art Cancer Bio Marker Research and Diagnostics laboratory with a Laser Capture Microscope, Biological Safety Cabinet /Cytotoxic drug mixing cabinet: For chemo drug mixing and Dialysis Unit. Besides the above the ultra modern imaging facilities available are X-Ray,Ultra Sound,CT Scan, HD 128 Slice PET CT ,PET MRI, Cyclotron, Magneton Skyra 3 Tesla MRI, Myocardial Blood Flow, Dotonac Scan, Doppler, and Full Field Digital Mammogrphy.
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