Assam hospital plans healthcare unit in Burma, Bangladesh

By NJ Thakuria

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Assam based northeast India’s premier hospital chain GNRC Hospitals plan to set up ten super-specialty hospitals in different parts of the country with two healthcare units in Burma and Bangladesh in the coming days.

Recognized as one of the top private healthcare institutions in India, the GNRC Hospitals even expects to start few super-specialty hospitals in the African countries in next five years.

“We hope to start the endeavors very soon such that the patients there can be offered modern healthcare facilities at an affordable rate. While the financial support from the World Bank is expected for the projects, we will also solicit co-operation from the concerned governments,” said  Dr Nomal Chandra Borah, chairman cum managing director of GNRC Hospitals private limited, formerly known as Guwahati Neurological Research Centre.

GNRC Hospitals, which is the first super specialty healthcare centre in northeast India, has two campuses inside the Guwahati city. Established by Dr Borah in 1985, GNRC Hospitals private limited with over 500 beds have been accredited with ISO 14001:2008 compliant by the British Standard Institute, London. Six months back, Dr Borah opened a third hospital campus in the northern bank of Brahmaputra, which is now popularly known as GNRC Medical. The campus had implemented a scheme for free treatment to all accident & emergency patients admitted to the hospital for the first 24 hours.

Under the new scheme any patient, suffering from stroke, heart attack or other medical emergencies, who attends the accident & emergency department of GNRC Medical is provided free doctor’s consultation, bed, minimum but essential medicines, oxygen, CT Scan, ECG, X-Ray and limited blood tests for the first 24 hours.

“Our mission is to provide access to quality healthcare services at affordable prices. The 300 bedded north Guwahati campus  is equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment facilities such as MRI, Cath Lab and CT Scan. The hospital has received enormous response in the first six months of its operations and is presently receiving up to 200 out-patients every day, informed Dr  Borah adding that the same facility is now available in other campuses of GNRC Hospitals.

Dr  Borah’s innovative idea and initiatives have brought the attention of  World Bank Group, which has recently sanctioned a grant of US$150,000 to GNRC Hospitals through its India Development Marketplace initiative. Under the initiative,  the World Bank Group (World Bank and the International Finance Corporation) is understood to identify and supports scalable, replicable and financially sustainable projects, which can offer solutions to the burning social, environmental and economic problems.

“The grant and tailor-made capacity development program by the WBG is a big support to our mission of making a meaningful impact in the lives of people by providing quality healthcare services at affordabl prices. It will help us to scale up our operating model and bridge the
gap between healthcare requirement and availability,” commented Dr Borah,  who is recognized as a reputed neurologist of India.

Now GNRC Hospitals private limited has planned to start an air ambulances for the alienated northeast Indian States through which the physicians would go to the remotest parts of the region and also ferry patients in urgent need to the city based hospitals. The service is expected to regularly ferry doctors to the difficult-to-access locations across the region and provide doorstep medical supports to nearly 60 million populace of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Meghalaya, Sikkim and Assam.

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