New Omani firm to promote medical tourism in India

Muscat - 

Medical tourism is becoming increasingly popular, with many in the sultanate choosing to go abroad for treatment. Genesis International, a newly-formed company in Oman, recently tied up with Kovai Medical Centre and Hospital (KMCH), a multi-disciplinary super specialty hospital in Coimbatore, India, with the initial aim of facilitating medical tourism. 

The company will send people to Coimbatore for treatment and later set up a hospital in Muscat. Qais al Khonji, co-founder of Genesis, told Muscat Daily, “For now, people wishing to visit the hospital in Coimbatore can contact us on 99289281 and we will do everything in terms of providing guidance and making arrangements.

“Before the hospital is set up, we will take care of all the requirements, arrange for documents, provide travel assistance and help with visas.”

The first phase of the project will see patients from Oman being sent to the hospital in India. “Step two will involve opening of laboratories in Oman and step three will involve the setting up of a KMCH branch here,” Khonji said. “It will be a full-fledged hospital with the latest equipment and experienced doctors.”

 

Of the expenses involved, he said, “Starting the medical facility here will cost around RO100,000, but that will only be at a later stage.” The company has already obtained the necessary licences from authorities in Oman and will begin to send patients abroad from Sunday.

Khonji said the seven-floor hospital will come up in Al Khuwayr. It will have both inpatient and outpatient services and will be able to accommodate a few thousand patients each day. “It will cater to the low-income, middle-income and high-income groups.”

“All the equipment for the hospital will be imported from Europe,” he added. Keeping Omanisation in mind, the doctors and nurses would mostly be hired locally. “Mostly Omanis will be working in the hospital, though the expertise of other nationalities will also be utilised. They will come to Oman on a regular basis for follow-ups.”

Despite the large number of polyclinics and hospitals already existing in Muscat, Khonji feels there is potential for more. “What will actually make the new hospital different is the quality of service that would be offered,” he added.

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