Narayana Hrudayalaya to set up health city in Hyderabad

November 8th, 2008 - 5:54 pm ICT by IANS  

Hyderabad, Nov 8 (IANS) Narayana Hrudayalaya Group of Hospitals, which has the world’s largest heart hospital in Bangalore, Saturday announced its plans to set up a 5,000 bed multi-specialty health city here.Narayana Hrudayalaya Malla Reddy Hospitals is coming up over 40 acres of land belonging to Malla Reddy Group of Institutions at Jedimetla.

Devi Shetty, eminent cardiac surgeon and chairman Narayana Hrudayalaya Institute of Cardiac Sciences, told a news conference that the group would invest Rs.2 billion over next three years on the first phase to create the 3,000 bed facility. The entire project is expected to be completed in five years.

The hospital for adult and paediatric cardiac surgeries will commission in four months from the 500 bed facility already created by Malla Reddy group.

Modelled on the lines of Narayana Hrudayalaya health city in Bangalore, it will also have cancer and kidney hospitals and research laboratories.

Narayana Hrudayalaya has partnered with governments of West Bengal, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Orissa to set up health cities but in Hyderabad they chose Malla Reddy as its partner.

Narayana Hrudayalaya, which currently has a bed strength of 6,000 at its facilities in Bangalore and Kolkata, plans to invest Rs.50 billion over the next five years in various centres to increase the bed strength to 30,000. This will make it the largest healthcare group in India.

The group, which was valued at Rs.16 billion last year, is building 5,000 bed health cities at Jaipur, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Jamshedpur and Bhubaneswar.

“Why we are so obsessed with building health cities is that this model can alone make treatment affordable, ensure better results and address the huge health requirements of this country,” he said.

Already patients from 26 countries are coming to Narayana Hrudayalaya, Bangalore for treatment. The facility is performing 30 heart surgeries a day.

“Twelve percent of all the heart surgeries done in India every year are being done by our heart hospitals in Bangalore and Kolkata,” said Devi Shetty.

He pointed out that India needs to perform 250,000 heart surgeries every year but was doing only 80,000 surgeries because majority of the patients could not afford it.

Narayana Hrudayalaya, which charges Rs.65,000 for a heart surgery on poor and working class patients, promised that the cost will be brought down to Rs.45,000 once it reaches a bed strength of 30,000.

The group, which has an agreement with the Malaysian government to treat 1,000 children from Malaysia and with the Iraqi government to treat 2,500 children from Iraq, plans to divert some of these child-patients to their proposed facility in Hyderabad.

Narayana Hrudayalaya, which implanted artificial hearts in four patients in Bangalore, will also bring the same technology to Hyderabad. Artificial heart costs Rs.5 million but Shetty promised that the first implantation in Hyderabad facility would be free of cost.

The health city in Hyderabad will also have a laboratory to preserve homograph heart valve for replacements in patients. Homograph heart valves are collected during postmortem on victims of road accidents.

Indians are genetically three times more vulnerable to heart diseases than Europeans. Thrombosis Research Institute, London, has set up a lab at Narayana Hrudayalaya, Bangalore to develop a vaccine to prevent heart attacks.

A group of 32 scientists are working in the lab. Shetty said the lab has collected blood samples of 6,000 people who suffered pre-mature heart attacks.

“We are far away from reality,” Shetty said on the status of the vaccine.

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