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JOINT ENDEAVOUR: Singapore Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Balaji Sadasivan (right) and Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi shake hands after unveiling the foundation plaque for the KVM Kinder Women’s Hospital and Infertility Research Centre at Cherthala near Alappuzha on Sunday. Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac and K.S.Manoj, MP, are also seen.
JOINT ENDEAVOUR: Singapore Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Balaji Sadasivan (right) and Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi shake hands after unveiling the foundation plaque for the KVM Kinder Women’s Hospital and Infertility Research Centre at Cherthala near Alappuzha on Sunday. Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac and K.S.Manoj, MP, are also seen.

Staff Reporter

ALAPPUZHA: Promising to bring about a positive change to the district’s struggling health sector, the KVM Hospital in Cherthala has joined hands with two healthcare giants from Singapore and Australia.

The joint venture, for which the foundation stone was laid by Singapore Senior Minister for Foreign Affairs Balaji Sadasivan and India’s Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi at the hospital here on Sunday, will see a women’s hospital and a research centre that will focus on infertility treatment.

To be known as KVM Kinder Women’s Hospital and Infertility Research Centre Private Limited, the venture will have technicians from KVM being trained in Melbourne, Australia to operate an In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF)Laboratory apart from doctors and nursing staff of the Singapore-based Kinder Group coming down to Cherthala to train staff here on good healthcare practices and looking after the day-to-day functioning of the super specialty centre, KVM Director V.V. Haridas said.

Earlier, Dr. Sadasivan said the joint venture with KVM would be the first of the several collaborations between Kerala and Singapore.

The status of Kerala as a progressive state and a leader in social development besides being noted for the high rate of empowerment of women had encouraged Singapore’s plans for collaborative efforts. With Indians comprising more than eight per cent of Singapore’s population, and a good number of that being Keralites, it was natural that Singapore came to the home of those ‘prominent and successful’ people, he added. Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac, delivering the presidential address, said the joint venture symbolized the new development aspirations as well as the developmental transition of Kerala.

A paradigm shift from the developmental models followed so far was necessary.

The shift would have to be to sectors with potential of fast growth and those of core competency. However, such a shift would be costly and would require a lot of planning. The Government was trying to facilitate this shift. Pointing out that Kerala could become the ‘Cuba of Asia’, Dr. Isaac also said the income from the commercial health sector could be used to develop the public healthcare system. Ajith Singh, Singapore’s Consul General in Chennai, Vijay Iyengar, chairman of the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce (SICC), Pradeep Menon, Chief Executive Officer of SICC, K.S. Manoj, MP, A.M. Arif, P. Thilothaman, MLAs and V.V. Haridas spoke.

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