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Monday May 21, 2012 11:55:56 PM, Special Correspondent



Chennai: 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 Group 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.


The hospital also provides prayer room with Friday prayers, customized cuisine & Arabic TV channels in the rooms.











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