Chennai to host global cardio-thoracic surgeons’ meet
CHENNAI: The official website of the 20th World Congress of the World Society of Cardio-Thoracic Surgeons that will be held here over four days beginning October 20, 2010 was launched on Wednesday.
The didactic conclave of cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons from across the world will coincide with the 6th Global Forum on Humanitarian Medicine in Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, which is moving out of Geneva for the first time.
Both events are scheduled at Frontier Mediville, the medical village being built by Frontier Lifeline at Elavoor off Gummudipoondi.
Launching the website ( www.wscts2010.com), Health Secretary V. K. Subburaj noted that it was significant that an international event of such importance was being held in India, which would soon be the global capital of cardiac diseases.
He pointed to estimates that by 2010, India would account for over 60 per cent of the global burden of cardiac cases.
The event, to be hosted by Frontier Lifeline as principal partner, will also serve to enhance the stature of Chennai and Tamil Nadu as a favoured hub of medical tourism, Mr. Subburaj said. He pointed out that patients from 55 countries visited India, especially Tamil Nadu, seeking world class treatment at affordable costs.
PWD Secretary S. Ramasundaram said the State, which was renowned for quality healthcare, had now gone a step further by launching insurance schemes that provided poor income groups access to advanced treatment.
K. M. Cherian, chairman and CEO, Frontier Lifeline, said the first phase of the Mediville project being undertaken with TIDCO on a 350-acre site would be commissioned to host the world congress.
He said Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi had extended the support of the government in organising the event.
The highlights of the events include a theme oration on ‘Global Green New Deal” by Nobel Peace Laureate Al Gore and participation by over 1,500 cardiothoracic surgeons from 150 countries.