MEDIA RELEASE Gujarat gearing up to become global healthcare hub State to adopt PPP model in medical careAhmedabad, 14 December 2010: As a run-up to the Vibrant Gujarat 2011 Summit, the Governmentof Gujarat today held a seminar on “Fostering healthcare for all”. Organised by the Health and FamilyWelfare Department, Government of Gujarat and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerceand Industries (FICCI) with the support of the Industrial Extension Bureau (iNDEXTb), this seminarfocused on Investment opportunities and growth of the Healthcare Sector in Gujarat. The objective ofthis seminar was to bring together relevant government agencies, private sector players, externalconsultants and advisors to explore investment opportunities in Gujarat’s Healthcare sector. Theseminar covered areas like: “Evolving Innovative Investment Ecosystems in Healthcare”, “EmergingTrends & Transformational Opportunities”, “Gujarat: Marching Towards a New Paradigm inHealthcare”.During the inaugural ceremony, the Chief Guest, Shri Jay Narayan Vyas, Hon’ble Minister for Health &Family Welfare, Government of Gujarat, said “The healthcare landscape in Gujarat is changingrapidly. The state government is taking several initiatives to make Gujarat a global healthcaredestination. There are tremendous opportunities for the delegates present here today to tap the vastpotential in the state’s healthcare sector.”“The Public Private Partnership (PPP) model in medical care is on a fast track and a lot of hospitals inGujarat today have adopted this successful model in various practices. To further boost the PPPmodel, we have received encouraging response from private companies wanting to adopt this model.The Government has achieved excellent results from initiatives like “Bal Sakha Yojna”, ChiranjeeviYojna” and “Extended Bal Sakha Yojna”. At the same time in terms of quality the State Governmenthas been proactive in undertaking NABH, NABL Accreditation. The 108 Ambulance has not onlyenabled effective delivery of emergency services in urban areas but also in the rural areas of theState. The Institute of Kidney Diseases and Research Centre (IKDRC), U N Mehta Cardiology andResearch Centre and Gujarat Cancer Research Institute, etc. have effectively delivered qualityservices under the PPP mode. The State Government has heavily invested in Healthcare.”, he added.
Talking about Medical Tourism sector in Gujarat, Mr Vyas said, “Today, Singapore and Thailandattract more than one million patients. If we continue to progress the way we are today, Gujarat canexpect attracting more than 2 million patients in the coming few years”Department of Health & Family Welfare have many projects in the pipeline for the benefit of thecitizens. The upgradation and renovation of Ahmedabad Civil Hospital at the Cost of Rs. 1000 Croresis in the offing. Cancer Society is posed to commence Super-Specialty Services and a MedicalCollege. Additionally, medical colleges at Sola, Gotri, Patan and Valsad are likely to start soon.The Guest of Honour was Mr Parbatbhai Patel, Hon’ble Minister of State for Water Supply, Co-operation, Health and Family Welfare, Government of Gujarat. Distinguished guests like Ms SujataRao, Ex-Health Secretary, Government of India spoke of need of regulation in PPP model andhealthcare sector. The Seminar saw the presence of Health Minister of Punjab, Mr. Tikshan Sud andeminent experts such as Mr. Marvan Abdul Aziz, Business Director, Dubai Health City, Mr. PremJigyasi, International Consultant, Medical Tourism and other eminent personalities of internationalrepute in the Healthcare domain.The panel discussions during the seminar deliberated on trends like evolving innovative investmentecosystems in healthcare like setting up of a medicity, alternative financing in healthcare, healthcareeducation and setting up of new projects through Public Private Partnership model. GE Healthcarepresented a case study on their successful partnership with Government of Gujarat during thediscussion.In the month of December 2010, the Government of Gujarat will be organising seminars on suchdiverse sectors as Mineral-based industries, Chemicals and Petrochemicals, Information Technologyand Biotechnology.