HCG Group’s IVF cen­tre to open in 2018

It plans to open can­cer care cen­tre in two years’ time

Muscat Daily - - FRONT PAGE - Mad­hu­parna Bhattacharjee

Health­Care Global En­ter­prises (HCG), one of In­dia’s best known spe­cial­ist in can­cer and fer­til­ity care, will open an In-VitroFer­til­i­sa­tion (IVF) cen­tre and a clin­i­cal ref­er­ence lab in Oman next year.

The group is also ex­plor­ing the pos­si­bil­ity to set up a can­cer care cen­tre in Oman, a first-ofits-kind fa­cil­ity in the pri­vate sec­tor.

Speak­ing to Mus­cat Daily, Dr B S Ajaiku­mar, chair­man and CEO of HCG Group said, “As a first step, HCG has joined forces with Grup­poex­cel Hold­ing Inc in de­vel­op­ing the ground­work for ex­plor­ing this unique con­cept in the sul­tanate.”

He said that a ‘Let­ter of In­tent’ has been signed by the two par­ties to this ef­fect. “Our group has am­bi­tious plans for Oman as part of the wider push into the Gulf and the Mid­dle East re­gion. This is af­ter our Africa foray which was an in­vest­ment in the largest can­cer care hos­pi­tal in the pri­vate sec­tor in Nairobi, Kenya.”

HCG will set up the IVF cen­tre through its group com­pany Mi­lann, one of In­dia’s lead­ing fer­til­ity treat­ment ser­vice providers.

With four fer­til­ity cen­tres in In­dia, Mi­lann of­fers com­pre­hen­sive re­pro­duc­tive medicine ser­vices in­clud­ing as­sisted re­pro­duc­tion, gy­nae­co­log­i­cal en­doscopy and fer­til­ity preser­va­tion. “We get many pa­tients from Oman. Our pur­pose is to make the treat­ment ac­ces­si­ble and af­ford­able. Our fo­cus is on value-based medicine.”

Dr Ajaiku­mar said that the can­cer cen­tre in Oman will save pa­tients the time and has­sle of trav­el­ling. “It will cover the whole re­gion. Pa­tients from places like Zanz­ibar and Ye­men too will ben­e­fit, be­sides other neigh­bour­ing coun­tries.

“I have vis­ited the Oman Can­cer As­so­ci­a­tion which has good fa­cil­i­ties. We are in talks with the gov­ern­ment and OCA to see how we can bring in high-end can­cer treat­ment in the pri­vate sec­tor.”

Dr Ajaiku­mar said that through HCG’s group com­pany Tri­esta Life­sciences the lab­o­ra­tory with a spe­cific fo­cus on on- col­ogy will be opened. “This lab will be ready by next year. Set­ting up the can­cer care cen­tre will take a min­i­mum of two years, but the IVF clinic and the lab will take (say) six months to be ready and op­er­a­tional.”

HCG is ranked as the largest provider of can­cer care treat­ment ser­vices in South Asia with a net­work span­ning of over 19 fa­cil­i­ties and at least an­other ten cen­tres in var­i­ous stages of devel­op­ment.

The rapidly ex­pand­ing on­col­ogy-cen­tric health­care ser­vices chain was founded in 2003 by the glob­ally-renowned ‘doc­tor­preneur’, Dr Ajaiku­mar, with over 40 years of ex­pe­ri­ence as an on­col­o­gist. He com­pleted his fel- low­ship in ra­di­a­tion and med­i­cal on­col­ogy from the MD An­der­son Hos­pi­tal in Hous­ton, Texas.

HCG Group has been in­stru­men­tal in in­tro­duc­ing high-end tech­nolo­gies like Cy­berknife and True­beam. It also brought in ad­vanced bone mar­row trans­plant ther­a­pies as well as molec­u­lar imag­ing. HCG Group is also fo­cus­ing on the in-coun­try value pro­gramme of the Omani gov­ern­ment. Dr Ajaiku­mar also dis­cussed the train­ing needs among lo­cal tal­ents and how HCG can play a vi­tal role in cru­cial ar­eas of on­col­ogy, IVF and high-end lab­o­ra­tory fa­cil­i­ties. “Do not fear the dis­ease, but lead a healthy life­style,” is his mes­sage to peo­ple in Oman.

(Mus­cat Daily)

Dr B S Ajaiku­mar

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