Kolkata, Apr 21 (UNI) Advanced Medicare and Research Institute (AMRI) Limited will set up a Super Specialty Medicare centre at Mukundupur, in South Kolkata to extend its Orthopaedic department and create an advanced ''Mother and Child'' centre, AMRI Director Aditya Agarwal said here.
Speaking to the press here on AMRI's initiative to take their services to the global standards, Mr Agarwal and Executive Director D N Agarwal discussed on the Mukundupur project.
The AMRI jointly with the West Bengal government, would set up a hospital with capacity of 300 beds, within the next two and half years, with an investment of Rs 150 crore, Mr Agarwal informed the press here.
Asked about how the centre's would help the people of Kolkata, Dr Tibrewal, a renowned orthopaedic surgeon, said the Healthcare facilities in India are below international standards and this hospital would be able to offer patients with the kind of treatment and trauma relief that is expected from such hospitals across the world.
Speaking on the facilities for the poor and needy, Mr Agarwal said they have spend about Rs 40 crore for the free or subsidised treatment.
He also added, ''Medical care does not come cheap, especially orthopaedic treatment is costly. One must remember that a lot of expenses are required for their treatment and hence should not complain about expenses.'' In this project they plan to set up two centres - one for the extension of the Orthopaedics and the other essentially a medicare centre for the ''Mother and Child'', where pregnant women and women post-natal would receive treatment and counseling.
Besides, children between age group -9 to 16 years would get full attention in the most suitable way based on their special requirements.
''Children are generally scared of hospitals and doctors.
However, the ambience will be created in such a way so that they are not scared, rather amused,'' Mr A Agarwal said, adding, ''Children will feel comfortable and free to move about and meet doctors without fearing them.'' ''We are also introducing Honorary Senior Lecturer of Guy's King's and St Thomas Medical School, UK and Padmashree Dr S B Tibrewal will guide us in this project,'' Mr D N Agarwal said here.
They have further plans to extend their services to Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Raipur and Patna, with a total investment of Rs 450 crores.
On being asked about the reason why they have decided to invest such a huge amount when they already have a good orthopaedic department in their Dhakuria centre, the board members explained that the demand for their orthopaedic department has increased by leaps and bounds and needed to extend it to facilitate more patients and also develop a ''trauma section'' for the patients, since orthopaedic patients go through tremendous mental stress.