Indore : The Global Investors Summit-2014 starts on Wednesday and various industrial houses and companies are ready to sign MoUs with the state government, in a bid to leverage the opportunities in one of the fastest growing states in the country.
No doubt investment in various sectors like education, textiles, information technology from both small and large companies is expected in the state, but Indore is poised to become a medical hub in the heart of the country.
Indore has already emerged as an educational and industrial capital of the state and the state government is also working to establish it as a medical hub at the super corridor, with land that has been acquired there as well. And many healthcare giants have established a presence in the city including Bombay Hospital, CHL Hospital and the recently inaugurated — the Apollo Hospital.
It was debated five years ago whether the city has the potential of becoming a medical hub, and the presence of Bombay Hospital for more than a decade has encouraged others to also set up facilities here.
First medical college of the country
Indore is the centre of health care in central India. India’s first medical institution, King Edward Medical School was established in the city in early 1848, which later became Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College. Its affiliated hospital was the first public hospital to be computerised and named after Yashwantrao Holkar, Maharaja of Indore, the last Holkar ruler. When it was re-inaugurated in 1955, it was Asia’s largest government hospital with 1200 beds and remains the largest public hospital in the state. The eight-storied hospital building is surrounded by a group of branch hospitals including the 300-bed Chacha Nehru Children hospitals,100-bed M.R TB hospital and a 100-bed cancer hospital.
Along with MGMMC, Indore has two private medical colleges including Sri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Science and Index Medical College.
Medanta will invest here
A leading healthcare group Medanta, anchored by noted cardiac surgeon Dr Naresh Trehan, has tied-up with the recently established Royal Shanti Hospital at Vijay Nagar and started their centre in the city. Now, they are also seeking land in Indore and will develop a large super-specialty centre in the near future.
Similarly, Apollo Group has started its super-speciality centre in the city by tying-up with Rajshree Hospitals. Earlier, Apollo Group had snapped ties with CHL.
51 public health institutions
Indore is home to 51 public health institutions including a district hospital, two civil hospitals, eight primary health centres, a TB hospital and a TB sanatorium, and the facilities here are larger than any other city in the state. Indore has better connectivity than any other city in the state.
It offers an international airport, better rail and road connectivity via the Agra-Bombay Road, makes it an attractive destination for investment in healthcare.