People of the valley shall soon have access to a world class super-specialty cardiovascular wellness centre a dream project of Dr Fayaz Shawl, a US-based- Kashmiri interventional cardiologist.
With an aim to boost the medical tourism and help the poor and needy people of his hometown, Dr Shawl is arriving in Srinagar on 31 May, 2010 to have the ground-breaking ceremony of his ambitious non-profit cardiovascular center on June 4th, 2010.
In an e-mail to HT correspondent from US on Monday, Dr Shawl said, “There are no such facilities in J&K as are in New Delhi and other metropolitan cities of India. So I thought that people of my state must have access to safe and effective treatment in state only. I have earned lot of fame and money at international level and now I want to do something for my people now. I hope that Kashmir Cardiovascular Centre will generate good revenue so that poor patients of my state can be benefited from it. I will “bill the ‘rich’ to help the ‘poor.’”
Dr Shawl said that he has selected a site for the project, 40 kanals of land near Nishat on the outskirts of the city and he is raising funds through his philanthropic foundation charity Shawl Foundation.
The ambitious project will have two state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization laboratories, 20-bed Tran scare holding unit for immediate pre and post-interventional management, fully equipped Cardiac operating room, 10-bed intensive care unit, 10-bed Coronary Care Unit, fully incorporated 50 telemetry beds, echocardiography laboratory, nuclear cardiology testing center and non-invasive endovascular laboratory, he informed.
In addition to this, he is also planning to have a cardiac rehabilitation and wellness center adjacent to the cardiovascular institute which will include, an auditorium where patients and the public will be taught about preventive measures, he informed. The auditorium will have built-in telemedicine facilities as well as fiber optics capabilities that will allow for live transmission of cases from the cathlab to the auditorium as well as outside of Srinagar for the healthcare professionals to watch and learn.
Hospital would also have a wellness center for patients to receive rehabilitation following heart surgery or intervention. In addition to 40-50 room Hotel, where out of town patients can stay, this wellness center will have Gym, Swimming Pool, as well as facilities to conduct exercise, meditation and diet consultations.
According Dr Shawl, his non-profit Kashmir Cardiovascular Institute is going to attract patients in the same way as does the “Shawl Cardiovascular Institute” at Zulekha Hospital, Dubai. “The cardiovascular institute at the Zulekha Hospital has promoted medical tourism, in Dubai and is attracting patients from the United Kingdom, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Jordan, Syria, Canada and other countries,” he said.
Accrediting the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for his personal intervention in getting the project through, Dr Shawl said that he had initially got disheartened by the needless hurdles being created in the initiation of the project at various official levels. “But after I got in touch with the CM Omar Abdullah the other day and sent him the details of the project, I was really overwhelmed by his quick and positive response.”
Dr. Shawl also informed that he will also continue with his past practice of conducting surgeries in SKIMS, for which he is carrying along sophisticated equipment worth over $ 250,000 (USD) to help the needy patients.