Sunday, January 21, 2007
Express News Service
Gandhinagar January 16: With a string of memoranda of understanding (MoUs) signed in the health care and medical education sector during the just-concluded two-day Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors’ Summit, the Government expects it to further improve the services in this sector and boost medical tourism in the State.
Among the eight MoUs signed involving proposed investment of over Rs 2,000 crore includes the one inked by Fortis Healthcare Limited, a prominent Delhi-based group of hospitals, which has proposed to set up a healthcare hub near Ahmedabad comprising medical, dental and nursing colleges and a college of physical medicine and rehabilitation.
Under the proposed project with an estimated investment of Rs 750 crore, FHL also envisages to set up a 600-bed hospital attached to a medical college. The government claims that this medical project, when implemented, would create employment opportunity for over 3,000 people, mainly for medical and paramedical personnel.
Another major MoU signed at the Summit was by Apollo Tyres, Artemis Health Science (AHS) that proposed to set up a hospital-cum-medical college, as also a college of hospital administration at Harani village near Vadodara. The private company with its manufacturing unit at Waghodia also plans to set up a nursing college, paramedical college and ayurvedic college under its project proposal that involves a total investment of Rs 500 crore and expects to generate 4,000 jobs.
Canada-based Clinical Islet Transplant Group Inc inked an MoU for setting up a clinical islet training and transplantation for diabetes unit near Ahmedabad, with proposed investment of Rs 450 crore and generation of 150 jobs. Delhi-based Public Health Foundation of India proposed to establish an Indian Institute of Public Health near Ahmedabad, involving an investment of Rs 140 crore.
The summit saw yet another important MoU signed by Bombay Hospital Trust’s Bharat Taparia, who proposed to develop an undergraduate and post-graduate medical institute with multi-speciality hospital and a dental and nursing college in Ahmedabad. The trust has also plans to set up two institutions, one for para medical training and another for hospital management training at Ahmedabad. The project proposal is worth Rs 150 crore, and expects to create employment opportunity for 1,000 people.
A list of the MoUs includes a Rs 90 crore-Rs 100 crore proposal to create a public limited company for setting up a 150-bed multi-speciality hospital in Surat to be attached to a medical education centre later. The names of V C Kapoor and Dr S K Seth have been mentioned as the promoters of the proposed medical project which claims to generate 400 jobs.
The list also includes two proposals to develop government-run hospitals with public-private participation. The URMET Trust attached to the Vapi-based United Phosphorus Ltd inked an MoU proposing to run the Valsad Civil Hospital, but interestingly the investment in the hospital will be made by the State Government. Under the MoU, the Trust has plans to set up a medical college attached to this hospital at Valsad. The Mumbai-based Wockhardt Hospitals signed an MoU, under which it proposed to provide tertiary health care services at the government-run district hospital in Palanpur. The MoU signee has plans to provide tertiary care services at the district hospital of the standards of Wockhardt hospital.
State Health Commissioner Amarjit Singh told The Indian Express, “All the parties that have inked the MoUs in the health care and medical education sector are genuine, and the projects proposed by them will certainly raise the level of medical education and services in the State. The gestation period for implementation of these projects will be three to four years.”