An MOU has been signed between the Puducherry government and Frontier Lifeline Hospital for conducting cardiac surgeries for the needy patients in the Union territory. The premise for the surgeries will be the Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Postgraduate Institute.
A team of doctors from the Frontier Lifeline Hospital will conduct five cardiac surgeries in a week. As per the MOU the patients will also be provided with complete post operative care before being discharged at the hospital.
Before this facility, the below-the-poverty line patients from Puducherry are required to travel to Chennai for cardiac surgeries. The government will also save money, as a result of this new facility, since it will not be required to reimburse patients who undergo surgery in other hospitals.
Chief executive officer and chairman of Frontier Lifeline Hospital K M Cherian and director (health and family welfare services) K V Raman together signed the MoU in the presence of chief minister N Rangasamy and chief secretary Manoj Parida recently.
“The new facility will bring us a step closer to our vision of making world-class healthcare services and medical technologies available at affordable costs to the common man across the nation. We are confident that the cooperation will be mutually beneficial,” said Cherian, who was awarded Padma Shri by the Union government in 1991, as reported by TOI.
“Through this partnership we will also train the staff and doctors to build a full-fledged team in the cardiac unit that will offer cutting edge surgeries in pediatric and adult cardiac care,” said Cherian, who was the first to perform coronary artery bypass surgery in India way back in 1975.
Cherian also performed the country’s first heart transplant, first infant cardiac surgery and the first heart and lung transplant.