In what can be termed as a timely boost to the hospital industry
in India, Global Health city - a city based world class tertiary
multi-super specialty hospital, has become the first hospital in
the country to
receive the Halal Certification for it’s hospital services by
Halal Development Corporation (HDC).
The hospital management believes
that the initiative will further
help in boosting medical value travel from Muslim countries like SAARC, MENA and S.E Asian Region which constitutes around 75
percent share of patient traffic.
"The Halal certification would be
officially handed over to the Global Health City on Monday", an
official from the Halal India said.
“With about two billion Muslims worldwide and a major number of
international health travellers coming to Global Healthcity from
the Islamic nations, we see Halal certification as a form of
approval that boosts our patients’ trust and confidence in our
range of hospital services", said Chairman & MD, Global Hospitals
Dr. K. Ravindranath.
Global Health City
Global Health City, Chennai is a 500 bedded super specialty
tertiary care facility, with a capacity to expand to 1000 beds. It
renders 360 degree advanced tertiary healthcare services with
multi-super speciality and multi-organ transplant services. With
the finest combination of expertise, experience, state-of-the art
technology and well coordinated team work, every step is aimed at
ensuring excellence in patient care.
Dr Ravindranath said that Global
Health City had to meet strict Islamic guidelines dealing with
hygiene & dietary regulations of global standards to earn the
certification. "This Halal certification will further help in
boosting medical value travel in our country and showcasing our
world class infrastructure", he added.
Stating that India has a great
heritage for service and hospitality which also signifies that "we
can take good care of patients", Mohamed Jinna, CEO, Halal India
said, "The state of art technologies available in medical care is
just perfect for overseas patients. All we need to do is
understand their culture and custom so that we accommodate them
well and make them feel truly at home.”
"This way we can respect their
values and belief and at the same time cater to this niche market
in India", he added.
Chandra Sekhar, Executive Director,
Global Hospital Group said, since the concept of Halal Friendly
Medical Tourism is a proven set of services, it would help hospital
attract more and more patients from SAARC & S.E Asia region as
well as from various other countries. "The biggest example is of
the countries like Thailand, Singapore, Australia, South Africa,
UK and Malaysia, which by implementing the concept have received a
huge response.", he said.
Global Health City is one of the few hospitals in the world to
have Halal certification. Halal, an Arabic word meaning “lawful or
permitted”, is the certification given by the Islamic Development
Department of Malaysia. The concept of Halal, is not just being
applied to food, but it includes services and infrastructure as
per the rules as laid in Quran.
Global Health City provides special desk for
such patients which includes patient managers and co-ordinators
who are caring and knowledgeable about the language, culture and
expectations of the patient from the Islamic world.
also provides prayer room with Friday prayers, customized cuisine &
Arabic TV channels in the rooms.