New Medical Township in Kerala to Boost Medical Tourism in Kerala

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Kerala to get a medical township to boost medical health tourism in Kerala


Kerala is one coastal state in southern part of India that is renowned internationally for being a top medical tourism destination of the world. Medical tourism is a term that is used for tourism that combines leisure and recreation with health and wellness. Kerala is a place that provides excellent opportunities for treatment and cure of dozens of illnesses at prices that are very low in comparison to western countries. It is not just allopath in the form of super specialty hospitals but also Ayurveda, India’s ancient medical science that attracts thousands of patients to come over to Kerala. To give a big boost to health tourism, authorities are planning a medical township that will comprise 9 super specialty hospitals and will be made over a waste dump yard that covers nearly 38 acres in a place called Cheranallur in Kochi.


Medical Township in Kerala

An artistic impression of the medical township Aster Medcity in Kochi, due to start in March 2014.


India receives around 150000 tourists every year who come here to have their diseases cured in a very cost effective manner. This number is expected to grow by 15% annually. D.M Healthcare, a big player in the field of healthcare has been given the responsibility of building the complex that will be known as Aster MedCity. It is expected that the phase I of the complex will be complete by March 2014 and it will boast of 540 beds spreadacross9 hospitals. This phase will cost around $150 million, according to Harish Pillai, the chief executive officer of Medcity. 500 more beds will be added during construction in Phase II. The complex will have residential quarters, cafeteria, hotels, rooms for guests, and a huge home for the seniors.


Aster Medcity will not only boast of a state of the art infrastructure with all the facilities at international level but it will also have the latest medical equipment in addition to world class doctors and treatment facilities. For the treatment of cancer, Medcity will make use of the latest True Beam technology that is believed to be much shorter and less invasive than traditional radiation techniques. This technology makes use of X-rays with high energy to destroy tumors. Surprisingly, X-rays used in True Beam process do not pose the threat of radiation exposure to the patients as they utilize 25% less concentration of X-rays. Traditional cancer therapies are known to cause many side effects but True Beam is a very safe treatment procedure that does not affect normal tissues.


Clarity Cardiac Cath lab is another first that is being introduced in Aster Medcity. This lab promises to reduce the risk of exposure to radiation by nearly 73%. These labs will make use of diagnostic equipment to study the effect of radiation on the arteries of the heart of the patients. Another new feature in Mecity would be Hybrid Byplane cath lab that can convert diagnostic imaging into a full-fledged OT to conduct surgery of patients.


The medcity is being planned in the midst of an artificial lake to make it a pleasing environment for the incoming tourists. Highly skilled doctors from abroad will be brought to the medcity to test these technologies.


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