Dr Kalyan Sachdev, 73, has many firsts associated with his name. Credited with having started the first multi-specialty hospital in Gurgaon, he is also the pioneer of air ambulance service in the country.
With medial degrees from world-renowned universities under his belt, Dr Sachdev's success story is synonymous with Gurgaon's ascent to the league of premier healthcare hubs of the world.
Born in Gujranwala of undivided India, Dr Sachdev pursued his education from the University of Vienna in Austria. He returned to India in 1971 to start a nursing home in New Delhi. But destiny had bigger plans for him.
"I was looking for a place which seemed to have a future, a place where I could provide quality as well as affordable healthcare and under good hygiene conditions. Gurgaon seemed to fit the criterion," says Sachdev.
In 1995, he started Privat Hospital in DLF Phase II. In all these years, Sachdev hasn't for once compromised on quality of service.
The hospital still remains a 75-bed facility and gets about 100 patients every day. Around 15%-20% of the patients are European and Japanese expats.
He also introduced air ambulance service in India. "I was assisting a Swiss couple with severe burns who was travelling in India in the early 80s. After the initial crucial phase, the Swiss Embassy arranged for an air ambulance to fly them back. This inspired me to initiate a similar facility for Indians as well," he recalls.
Deeply respected in his line of work, Sachdev feels that Gurgaon has a long way to go in providing medical care of international standards at affordable prices.
"The medical infrastructure here is neither sufficient nor efficient. There is a need to initiate good learning and training facilities for hospital staff like paramedics," he says.
(As told to Snehil Sinha and Himabindu Reddy)