Malaysia sets her heart on Bangalore


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 01 Apr 2007

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia may send healthcare professionals for training at a cardiac institute in Bangalore, India, Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said yesterday. 

Speaking to reporters here from Bangalore via teleconferencing, the Health Minister said he was impressed with the facilities and expertise at the Narayana Hrudayala Institute of Cardiac Sciences (NHIC).  

While at NHIC, Dr Chua and health director-general Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican also witnessed via teleconferencing a live electro-cardiogram and echocardiogram which was performed at the MediAssist4U centre in Malaysia on two patients who previously had surgery at the institute. 

The institute is a partner of MediAssist4U, a telemedicine centre that provides affordable medical screening services especially in the area of cardiac care. 

According to MediAssist4U manager K. Kala, the non-profit centre had been sending heart patients, especially needy members of the public, including children, for surgery at the institute.  

“We need the public to be aware that this service exists and hope they can take advantage of it,” Kala said.  

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