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Sri Lanka-India joint hospital project for cardiac treatment.

Colombo, April 5 -- India's Fortis Healthcare group has struck a deal with Sri Lanka's Oasis Hospital to manage a cardiac centre.

Krish Ramesh, Zonal Director, Fortis Healthcare, India, said Fortis is one of the largest hospital chains in India with 55 hospitals and wants to expand into Sri Lanka, especially with its expertise in cardiology. "Expanding our presence in Sri Lanka is in line with our strategic aim to expand our reach," he told a news conference in Colombo.

The Fortis Oasis Cardiac Centre joint venture aims to offer patients an alternative to travelling abroad, especially to India, for treatment. It will get expertise from India like cardiologists, surgeons and anesthetists, if required.

The deal was struck between Oasis, which has a 170-bed hospital, and Fortis subsidiary, Fortis Malar Hospitals of Chennai, which gets about 10-12 patients a month from Sri Lanka.

There are a large number of patients still going to Chennai for cardiac treatment. Sajan Nair, medical superintendent of Fortis Malar Hospital has said that one of the objectives of this joint venture is to provide that service from Sri Lanka itself.

Fortis will manage a cardiac centre set up by Oasis which has been revived after being defunct for a couple of years for lack of specialist doctors. Sri Lanka has an acute shortage of doctors specializing in cardiac care with only 38 cardiologists and less than 10 cardiothoracic surgeons.

Sri Lanka has five catheterization laboratories, where doctors can diagnose and treat heart conditions using catheters instead of surgery, and the Oasis centre become the sixth in the list.

The investment in the cardiac centre has been made by Oasis with Fortis doing the management.

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Publication:Asian Tribune (India)
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Date:Apr 5, 2011
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