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Old January 27th, 2011, 03:32 PM   #1
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Chennai Health Infrastructure/ Hospitals/ Medical tourism/ Health Research - Discussions & Updates

Friend please take an active participation in this thread to discuss and give updates about Health/Hospital related projects, research, news etc revolving around Chennai. Cheers!!

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Chennai is the Health Capital of India. Home to some of India's best healthcare institutions such as

* Apollo Hospitals, the largest healthcare provider in Asia,
* MIOT Hospitals,
* Sankara Nethralaya
* Sri Ramachandra Medical Center
* Madras Medical Mission(MMM),
* Frontier Lifeline
* K.M.Cherian heart foundation

Chennai is a preferred destination for medical tourists from across the globe. Some of the treatments sought after by the tourists include heart surgery, neurological problems, cancer, plastic surgery and orthopaedic procedures.

In India, Chennai attracts about 45% of all health tourists from abroad and 30%–40% of domestic tourists

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Hospitals in Chennai

1. GOVERNMENT GENERAL HOSPITAL, CHENNAI
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Government General Hospital or G.G.H. is a major hospital situated in Chennai, India. The hospital is funded and managed by the state Government of Tamil Nadu; hence it is state-owned. It was founded in 1664 by the British East India Company. In the 19th century, Madras Medical College joined it. Source

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2. STANLEY HOSPITAL, CHENNAI
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Stanley Medical College (SMC) is a government medical college with hospitals, located in Chennai (Madras) in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. Though the original hospital is more than 200 years old, the medical college was formally established on July 2, 1938. Stanley Medical College is ranked 9th according to the NDTV ranking of top medical colleges in India. Source: wiki

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3. Apollo Hospitals
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Apollo Hospitals is a major hospital chain based in Chennai, India. It was founded by Dr. Prathap C. Reddy in 1983. Apollo is the largest private healthcare provider in Asia and the third largest in the world, with hospitals in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Ghana, Nigeria, Republic of Mauritius, Qatar,Oman and Kuwait. Source: Wiki

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4. MIOT Hospitals
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The Madras Institute of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (MIOT), is a multi-crore and a multi specialty hospital built with German Collaboration. MIOT is a truly a Global hospital in India with world class specialities in the field of Joint Replacement Surgeries, Orthopaedics and Trauma.With world class technology and most advanced techniques the hospital offers the best treatment options. Source: globehealthtours.com

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5. Sankara Nethralaya
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Sankara Nethralaya is a not-for-profit missionary institution for ophthalmic care (i.e., an eye hospital) located in Chennai, India. "Sankara Nethralaya" means "The Temple of the Eye". Sankara Nethralaya receives patients from India and internationally. Source: wiki

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6. Sri Ramachandra Medical Center
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Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute (SRMC & RI), now named Sri Ramachandra University (SRU), is a university situated in Porur, Chennai, India.SRU was founded by Sri Ramachandra Education & Health Trust on September 11, 1985 by Shri NPV Ramaswamy Udayar [1936 - 1998]. Originally founded as a medical college, it became a University in December, 2006 Source: wiki

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7. Madras Medical Mission(MMM)
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Madras Medical Mission is an organization inspired by the missionary zeal of Bishop Zachariah Mar Dionysius, Metropolitan of the Madras Diocese of the Orthodox Church of India. Strengthened by the devotion and commitment of the members of this Community at Chennai (erstwhile Madras city of TamilNadu ) who promoted the registered charitable society in 1982, it strives to participate in the healing ministry by seeking to foster an environment of caring, compassion and love that enables it to respond to patient needs in enviable ways. Source: madrasmedicalmission.org

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8. Frontier Lifeline

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Research Institutes in Chennai

1. National Institute of Siddha
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National Institute of Siddha is the premier institute in Siddha medicine situated at Tambaram, Chennai, Tamilnadu. Established by Department of AYUSH of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of Government of India with the prime aim to impart Post-graduate education and research in Siddha medicine and to provide medical care through Siddha System of Medicine to the suffering humanity to develop, promote and propagate the science and art of Siddha and to act as a centre of excellence for Siddha System. Source: wiki

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2. Tuberculosis Research Centre
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The Tuberculosis Research Centre (TRC), a permanent institute under the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), is an internationally recognized institution for Tuberculosis (TB) research. It is a Supranational Reference Laboratory and a WHO Collaborating Centre for TB Research and Training. Recently, an International Centre for Excellence in Research (ICER) in collaboration with NIH was established at the Centre. The Centre (formerly known as the Tuberculosis Chemotherapy Centre) was set up in Madras in 1956 as a 5-year project, under the joint auspices of the Indian Counclil of Medical Research (ICMR), the Government of Tamil Nadu, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the British Medical Research Council (BMRC). source: trc-chennai.org

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3. National Institute of Epidemiology
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The National Institute of Epidemiology (NIE) was established on July 2, 1999 by merging the Central JALMA Institute for Leprosy (CJIL Field Unit), Avadi with the Institute for Research in Medical Statistics (IRMS), Chennai. The broad objectives of the Institute cover Development of human resources in epidemiology and bio-statistics, Networking of the various ICMR and non-ICMR Institutes at the national level for epidemiological purposes, and Consultancy. source: nie.gov.in

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4. Madras Diabetes Research Foundation
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Madras Diabetes Research Foundation (MDRF) established in 1996 by Dr. V. Mohan, internationally acclaimed diabetologist and research scientist and his wife Dr. M. Rema, internationally known specialist in diabetic eye disorders. MDRF was founded with the vision of providing a world class environment for research in diabetes and its complications. Within its short span of existence, MDRF has built up strengths in basic, clinical and epidemiological research. The quality of its research in diabetes and its complications is evidenced by numerous original publications in reputed peer reviewed journals. The institute also collaborates with several international and national centres. Source: mdrf.in

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5. Adyar Cancer Institute
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Adyar Cancer Institute is a cancer specialty hospital situated in the city of Chennai, India; founded by Dr. Muthulakshmi Reddy on June 18, 1954. The Institute's first break came on December 24, 1956, when Atomic Energy, Canada, gifted a Cobalt-60 Teletherapy unit (radiation therapy machine). It was the first such unit in Asia.
The Institute has several other firsts to its credit. They include:
A department of Nuclear Medical Oncology in 1956;
Paediatric oncology in 1960;
Installing a linear accelerator in 1976;
Introducing Blood Component Therapy in 1978;
Introducing hyperthermia treatment in 1984;
Installing an ND-YAG Surgical Laser in 1985 and performing endoscopic laser surgery;
Intra-operative Electron Therapy is available since 1992.
First in the country to introduce RapidArc treatment in January 2009
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Stem cell research centre soon at Stanley hospital at a cost of Rs.15 crores

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Post Chettinad health city - India's first non-profit health city venture

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Post Chennai medical tourism

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Post Republic of Seychelles has tied up with MIOT Hospitals and Madras Medical Mission in Chennai for providing healthcare to the islands' citizens

Chennai's leadership position in medical tourism in India has been reinforced with this foreign Govt agreement.

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After a gap of 29 years, there will be a direct air link between India and the Republic of Seychelles giving a major boost to movement of Indian tourists to the island nation and inbound medical tourists and traders.

Air Seychelles will commence a weekly ‘hop' service to Chennai from Seychelles' largest island Mahe on November 1 in the present Mahe-Singapore route, according to Mr M.S. Sai, Honorary Consul, Republic of Seychelles, Chennai.

The previous service between Mumbai and Mahe was suspended in 1981 following a hijack of the Air India flight, he told Business Line.

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The Republic of Seychelles has tied up with MIOT Hospitals and Madras Medical Mission in Chennai for providing healthcare to the islands' citizens (the island's population is around 87,000). At any point of time there are around 35 patients undergoing treatment in India, he said.

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The current Bilateral Air Service between India and Seychelles of 1978 restricts Air Seychelles operating only to Mumbai, which was stated as the ‘point of access' for the airline under the Confidential Memorandum of Understanding to the BASA. As the Mumbai-Seychelles was not making money, Chennai has replaced as the access point, he said.

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Thumbs up In a 1st, state launches H1N1 immunisation drive

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Sept. 13: The Tamil Nadu government launched the country’s first public immunisation drive against swine flu on Monday at the state-owned King Institute of Preventive Medicine’s Guindy campus. Following the launch of the swine flu clinic by health minister M.R.K. Panneerselvam, two vaccines - VaxiFlu-S, an injection priced at `250 a dose, and Nasovac, nasal spray, are available at nearly half the price sold in the open market.

On day one, 334 people were immunised against the influenza with 168 people going for the nasal spray. Inmates from a home for the mentally retarded were given the shot free of cost. “Anybody from three to 70 years of age can take the vaccine, though we will have to check for immunocompromised conditions like AIDS or bronchial asthma before administering the nasal vaccine,” said Dr P. Gunasekaran, deputy director, King Institute, that is receiving about 50 throat swabs to test for the infection a day of which one-fourth are positive.

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Thumbs up Apollo Hospitals ties-up with British Medical Journal Group

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The Apollo Hospitals Group tied-up with the prestigious British Medical Journal (BMJ) Group to provide latest information to doctors on a wide range of subjects and patients through mobile phones and other electronic devices.

The MoU for the collaboration was signed by Executive Director, Apollo Group, Sangita Reddy and Chairman, BMJ Group, Michael Chamberlain here on Wednesday.

The partnership is aimed at achieving a quantum change in the amount and quality of information available to patients via mobile phones, other electronic devices, including computerised web access and patient leaflets.

Various technologies would be deployed to update doctors through training and continuous medical education.

Mr. Chamberlain said that segmented products from the BMJ on subjects like women’s health, diabetes, hypertension and obesity would enable the medical professionals and patients to manage medical problems better.

He said the information could be accessed through subscription either by individual doctors or institutions.

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Thumbs up HIV prevention and care center at Indian Institute of Advanced Nursing (IIAN) in Chenna

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Construction is now underway on the Indian Institute of Advanced Nursing (IIAN) in Chennai, India - a comprehensive training facility specialised in the field of HIV prevention and care. Designed by John McAslan + Partners for the Clinton Health Access Initiative, the IIAN will be the first educational facility of its type in the country and aims to train 15,000 nurses over the next two years to treat the 2.31 million people currently living with HIV in India.

Comprised of two buildings - The Institute for teaching and The Hostel for student accommodation - the IIAN is spread over a five acre site, dotted with indigenous plants and local trees with medicinal properties. These structures are both anchored by individual courtyards and arranged around a collegiate square, with landscaping - also designed by JMP - connecting the campus with the local community.

Responding to the humid local climatic conditions, the project implements passive design strategies to regulate internal conditions and create comfortable working and residential spaces. The two main buildings incorporate a heavy external skin and make use of reflective materials that protect the internal environments from receiving direct solar gain. The buildings have also been orientated along the east-west axis, allowing the south and north sides to be shaded effectively.
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Sunday Celebrity: Dr. Pratap Reddy who revolutionized health care system in India

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Post Adyar Cancer Institute

Adyar Cancer Institute is a cancer specialty hospital situated in the city of Chennai, India; founded by Dr. Muthulakshmi Reddy on June 18, 1954.

Several firsts
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The Institute's first break came on December 24, 1956, when Atomic Energy, Canada, gifted a Cobalt-60 Teletherapy unit (radiation therapy machine). It was the first such unit in Asia.

The Institute has several other firsts to its credit. They include:
* A department of Nuclear Medical Oncology in 1956;
* Paediatric oncology in 1960;
* Installing a linear accelerator in 1976;
* Introducing Blood Component Therapy in 1978;
* Introducing hyperthermia treatment in 1984;
* Installing an ND-YAG Surgical Laser in 1985 and performing endoscopic laser surgery;
* Intra-operative Electron Therapy is available since 1992.
* First in the country to introduce RapidArc treatment in January 2009

Present facilities
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The Institute has a hospital, a research centre, a centre of preventive oncology, and a College of Oncology Sciences (a postgraduate college that conducts super-speciality courses in surgical oncology and medical oncology).

Its centre for preventive oncology has been working in conjunction with non-government organisations and government hospitals to conduct cancer screening camps and Pap smear tests at the district level and in various parts of the city.

The Institute's hereditary cancer clinic, the first in the country, is studying the genetic factors related to the disease.

The Tobacco Cessation Clinic has been helping people to fight various forms of tobacco consumption, which is the most common cause for cancer.

Annually, more than 95,000 to 100,000 patients from all parts of India visit the hospital; hardly 0.5% of whom are covered by health insurance. In fact, only 15–20% of the population can afford treatment at private hospitals. The rest must depend on hospitals like the Adyar Cancer Institute or government hospitals, where treatment is either free or subsidised. The Institute has 423 beds, of which 297 are free. Last year alone saw nearly 100,000 patients, of whom 60% received free treatment. The number of patients coming to the hospital has increased each year. Generally, 66% of them get free or subsidised treatment.
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Post Dr. Agarwal's Eye Hospital - Ophthalmic care and research center

Dr. Agarwal's Eye Hospital is listed as A Major Eye Centre of the World by The International Congress of Ophthalmology.

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Global Hospitals plans Centre for Liver Diseases in Children

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A Centre for Pediatric Liver Diseases and Transplantation is a planned project of the Global Hospitals in Chennai.

Global Hospitals chairman and managing director K.Ravindranath talked, at a press conference, of the comprehensive, dedicated centre for pediatric liver diseases and transplantation.


This centre, run by specialists with experience in performing a number of pediatric liver transplants, and supported by a complement of pediatricians, will offer a complete set of treatments for children with simple to complex liver disease.

The Centre will address the alarming increase in liver diseases among children. Lifestyle changes are influencing the diet and nutrition of people today, and children are very susceptible to the worldwide fad of eating junk food. This could lead to childhood obesity and later on to fatty liver diseases.

However, doctors warn, that congenital defects are the leading causes of pediatric liver diseases in India. They urge for more awareness among parents and pediatricians of symptoms within the crucial first two weeks. If it is not addressed within this time period, it might necessitate a transplant.

At the press conference, Ramesh Kancharla, consultant pediatric hepatologist, Global Hospitals and Health urged pediatricians to check for vital signs such as normal stools, weight gain, abnormal hardness of the liver, and in some congenital conditions, abnormal facial features, if jaundice continues even after two weeks, in a new born. The causes could range from metabolic diseases of the liver, Wilson’s disease and the more common biliary atresia.

In this condition, where the bile duct is either malformed or blocked, a corrective surgery can be performed within eight weeks and this increases the chances of an improved quality of life for the child, Mohammed Rela, director – hepato biliary and liver transplantation, Global Hospitals, said.


Dr Naresh P Shanmugam, pediatric hepatologist and gastroenterologist, Global Hospitals, talked about how two to five per cent of children, three out of 1,000 children in India suffer from liver diseases.
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In rare surgery, doctors take out small intestine to remove tumour

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CHENNAI: In a 14-hour surgery, doctors in the city removed the small intestine of a 30-year-old patient, left it in a preservative for four hours and removed a large tumour from his abdomen before putting the bowel back in its place.

The patient name withheld who under went the auto-bowel transplant three months ago at the Global Hospitals in Chennai, is now back home in West Bengal. Doctors who operated on him said he is doing fine but will have to be monitored for a few more months.

"He came to hospital after being turned away by several hospitals," said liver transplant surgeon Dr Mohamed Rela. Reports showed that he had a large tumour in his pancreas, the organ that produces insulin. It was a slow growing lump called neuroendocrine tumour, which extended up to his stomach, crushing the vital artery that supplies blood to the bowels. If the tumour wasn't removed, the patient's bowels could have become dysfunctional, proving fatal.

"It was a complicated surgery. There was very little space to work on," recalled Dr Rela. The transplant team decided to go ahead with an auto-bowel transplant. They cut open the abdomen and removed the small intestine from the body and placed in a special preservation solution. Doctors then carefully removed the tumor, which looked bigger than a tennis ball. They then put the small intestine back into the abdomen.

During the post surgical period, doctors ensured that the patient developed no complications. A few weeks later, the patient was discharged from the hospital.

Transplant surgeons in the city said the surgery was rare and required skill. "In such surgeries, it extremely important to do anything to save the patient," said senior surgical gasteroenterologist Dr J S Rajkumar, who heads Lifeline Hospitals.

So how far are doctors from doing a bowel transplant? Can transplant surgeons now successfully replace ailing bowels with the ones that are donated by relatives of brain dead patients? "Not yet," said Dr Rela, who has done bowel transplants in the UK. "A bowel transplant is more challenging than the surgery we did. Here the bowel is patient's own and chances of rejection is very low. But for a bowel transplant, we need a bigger team of experts and a better environment."

End-stage bowel disease patients are extremely weak and malnourished; the chances of rejection are extremely high and patients are put on immune-suppressing medications to prevent this. The post surgical ward has to be sterile enough to prevent infection and death. "We are not there yet to see success," Dr Rela said.

But Dr Anil Dhawan of King's College Hospital, London, who was in the city to address a scientific session on liver diseases, said it would not take too long. Ten years ago, India did not see big success in liver transplant when countries like UK were doing it efficiently. At that time, doctors in the UK failed in bowel transplants. Now, we see a fair amount of success. Surgeons here will find a way to do it," he said.
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Specialised equipments for eye surgery was given to Andhra makila saba (Durgabai deishmukh)hospital by SBI bank


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Cancer Institute sets up satellite centre at Pallikaranai

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A satellite cancer care centre of the Adyar Cancer Institute was inaugurated on Saturday at Pallikaranai.

The centre, which will be open between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on all working days, will provide free screening and testing for pre-cancer and cancerous conditions; and also disseminate information on prevention of cancer.

Speaking on the occasion, V. Shanta, chairman, Cancer Institute (WIA) said the centre was set up with the help of local community leaders and members of the women's SHG in the area.

Dr. Shanta said in women, the most commonly occurring cancers (cervix and breast) are easily accessible and treatable.

S.N. Bhat, chairman, INCA Hammocks, whose family had come forward to allow use of their building in Pallikaranai to run the centre, said the crucial message that must reach the people is that cancer is preventable, and curable.

The satellite centre was in keeping with the larger motive of the Cancer Institute – to ensure that no poor person is neglected because of an inability to pay for treatment.

E. Vidhubala of the Tobacco Cessation Centre of the Cancer Institute told members of the local community to spread the message that a free care centre had been started.

Even those who do not have any signs and symptoms of cancer can come in for a preventive check up programme.

J.S. Malliga of the Cancer Institute, said treatment would also be provided free of cost at the centre. It would have been impossible to set up such an establishment without the support of the local community, she added.
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Surgeons to chart registry of hearts

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CHENNAI: Cardiac surgeons from across the country will meet this Wednesday in city for the four-day annual conference of the Indian society of cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons, which will also plan a national database that would be able give data on the number of by-pass surgeries, valve replacements and valve repairs.

"It's not just for the numbers," said association president Dr James Thomas. "We need to know how well we are doing our surgeries. Such registries can tell us what procedures aren't good enough or which ones need modifications and which ones need to be abandoned." Such registries are maintained by most of the developed countries.

At the four day conference, more than 1,500 doctors will update themselves on newer technologies such as hybrid surgeries. In some cases, patients might need interventions such as angioplasty, where doctors inflate a balloon to crush the blocks in heart's blood vessels, while some other patients are slotted for by-pass surgeries. While a procedure like angioplasty is done by a cardiologist, the surgeries are carried out by a surgeon. "Today, we combine the two," says Dr S Rajan, organising secretary of the conference.

Speakers at the conference will arrive from the USA, Canada, the UK, Australia, Switzerland, Japan, Thailand and Sri Lanka. The conference will focus on problems such as abnormal widening of the blood vessels, aneurysm, valve diseases, and minimally-invasive surgeries. Several post-graduate students will be trained by experts during the conference.
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First of all I need to know this - India is said as the country with biggest no. of heart patients. but how good are indian hospitals @ treating these heart problems? Just taking the case of private and govt hospitals in chennai, are they upto the quality(if there are any benchmark practice/technology in heart medication)
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Indian hospitals are better than most western ones when it comes to specialties particularly cardiology and CTVS. There are various measures (morbidity, mortality, 5 year survival rates, DALY's etc) to objectively measure these outcomes and Indian hospitals typically outperform their western peers. It is because of the sheer volume of patients our doctors see and the experience they gain while getting trained. Western doctors can only dream of those kind of numbers. Technology wise, whatever cutting edge tech available elsewhere is available in India too. Even in top notch government hospitals, there is no technology lag.

The problem with India is that this is not available to most of Indians while at the same time wealthy foreigners enjoy it at a fraction of the cost compared to their home.
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