Staff Reporter

KOCHI: A multi-specialty bio-hospital at Parumala in Thiruvalla has been pending consideration with the State government for the last two-and-a-half years.

Promoted by Frontier Life Line and Dr. K. M. Cherian Heart Foundation at St. Gregorios Cardio-Vascular Centre, the hospital would become yet another medical tourism centre with support from the Russian government.

About 250 patients from Russia are expected when the hospital comes up, said renowned cardiac surgeon Dr. Cherian, at a press meet here.

Already patients from countries such as Iraq, Uganda, Kenya and Pakistan have had surgeries here. When the bio-hospital comes up, it proposes to have a tie-up with houseboats with Kerala Tourism and Development Corporation, said Dr. Cherian.

Holistic treatment

It will be a holistic treatment centre with 750 beds, of which 250 beds will be devoted to traditional medicine that would involve ayurveda and yoga.

Dr. Cherian said that the State government is yet to provide approvals for the project even as the proposal was appreciated by the Chief Minister and all the ministers concerned.

The concept of the bio-hospital is to provide regenerative medicine and provide state-of-the-art tertiary care in all sub-specialties of medicine like cardiology, cardiac surgery, oncology, neurology, nephrology, orthopaedics, urology, ophthalmology, gastroenterology, gynaecology and maternal health care, paediatrics, neonatology, trauma and intensive care and geriatric care. The hospital will also have an orthodontic and plastic surgery department.

The bio-hospital also proposes to have a small herbarium in collaboration with the Asia Pacific Bio-Resources Consortium, a scientific conglomerate with players from South Korea, Japan, China, Singapore.

Frontier Life Line has entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Korean Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB) for studies of medicinal herbs at the molecular level. Frontier Life Line is also promoting a 1,500-bed bio-hospital in Elavoor, 40 km from Chennai, which will be part of the Medicity that is coming up in 450 acres of land allotted by the Tamil Nadu government.

Dr. Cherian said that if project approvals are granted on a fast-track basis like the neighbouring Tamil Nadu government, the bio-hospital in the State will be the first in Asia and the 18th such hospital in the world.

The hospital will provide a platform in which modern concepts of bio-infomatics, molecular biology and nanosciences would be brought together for medical research.