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International Finance Corporation and Zulekha Hospitals Group sign agreement to bring affordable healthcare to smaller cities in India.

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and Zulekha Hospitals Group, a prominent woman-owned health care business in the United Arab Emirates, have signed agreements to finance Zulekha’s expansion plans and bring affordable health care services to India.

The project will introduce high clinical and managerial standards and create new jobs where there is significant unemployment, especially in smaller Indian cities.

“We are very happy to partner with IFC, whose global experience and local knowledge of private health care in emerging and developing markets will help facilitate our expansion to India,” said Dr. Zulekha Daud, Managing Director, Zulekha Hospitals Group.

Zulekha is proposing to use $21 million of IFC’s $24 million financing package to build a new 189-bed hospital in Nagpur in the Indian state of Maharashtra where access to health care is low and patients often need to travel several hundred miles for quality medical treatment.

The remaining $3 million will pay for energy efficiency-related expenditure at Zulekha’s Sharjah facility in the United Arab Emirates. IFC expects to share its knowledge of clean production initiatives to generate cost savings and encourage other companies to adopt greener technologies.

“This investment reflects a strategic IFC priority to support health care networks and providers that work across countries and regions, especially in emerging markets such as India,” said Guy Ellena, IFC Director for Health and Education. “We also are delighted to support a woman-owned business that expects to employ many women.”

Michael Essex, IFC Director for the Middle East and North Africa, said, “IFC will help Zulekha Hospitals Group expand its reach and services beyond the Arabian Gulf, increasing access to affordable health care for people in India that need it the most while raising standards and promoting best practice across the industry.”

IFC is the largest multilateral investor in private health care in emerging markets, and supports the growth of health care in developing countries in a sustainable and socially responsible way.

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, creates opportunity for people to escape poverty and improve their lives.

Zulekha Hospitals is a family-owned health care group based in the United Arab Emirates. The group operates a 63-bed hospital in Sharjah and an 88-bed hospital in Dubai. Both hospitals are accredited by the Joint Commission International, the most internationally recognized accrediting body for health care providers.

The business began in 1966, when Dr. Zulekha Daud of Nagpur, India, established a small clinic in Sharjah. The group now employs 1,050 staff and treats over 550,000 patients per year.

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To commemorate Doctor’s day Just For Heart offers free online consultation with renowned Cardiologist, Dr Ravindra L Kulkarni, on various social networking sites from 1st July.

On the occasion of “World Doctor’s Day” on 1st July, Just For Hearts an initiative by India’s Pune based Eminent Cardiologist, Dr Ravindra L Kulkarni, will launch Online Consulting Service to, reach the masses, create awareness and provide solutions for various Heart disease .

One can post health related problems and Renowned Cardiologist Dr Ravindra L Kulkarni and his expert team will answer all the queries posted online within 24 hours.

People who have problem related to heart care, lifestyle or stress management they can post the questions on website of Just For Hearts. Questions will be answered immediately by Dr. Ravindra L Kulkarni himself.

Dr Ravindra L Kulkarni, Founder Director, Just For Hearts said, “Working professionals with hectic schedule find it difficult to take time off from their office to visit their cardiologist for check up. During my session with employees of Infosys I realized the importance of online consultation. It helped in clearing lot of myths related to heart disease at the same time I made them aware of their heart condition and provided guidance. Just For Hearts started this service, so that we can help such person in any part of the world with problems related to heart care”.

He further added, “Due to lack of awareness related to heart disease I have seen that most of the time, patients ignore the initial symptoms and consult the doctor only at later stages. Through the medium of online consultation people can now post their symptoms and I can diagnose the problem immediately. Online consultation thus reduces the time gap of travelling to doctor every time and is convenient for the patients. ”

One can join Just For Hearts forum for open discussion on 1st July 2010 at 3 p.m.

An online visitor has various options like posting questions at http://www.justforhearts.org, or leaving a wall message on Facebook Account of Just For Hearts http://www.facebook.com/JustForHearts, or simply following Just For Hearts on Twitter http://twitter.com/justforhearts. One can also follow Just For Hearts on Orkut http://www.orkut.co.in/Main#Community?cmm=103315023.

A team of experts from Just For Hearts will answer all the queries related to Lifestyle, tips for stress management, healthy lifestyle, and heart care.

Founded by Dr Ravindra L Kulkarni, practicing cardiologist, Just For Hearts is an organization dedicated to spreading awareness about leading a healthy life & focused on preventing diseases related to stress and heart by incorporating lifestyle changes.

On the occasion of the World Doctors Day on 1st July , DesignTech System is offering Asclepius Clinic ,a clinical management software for doctors and physicians to hundred privileged doctors in Pune, a city in western Indian state of Maharashtra.

The Asclepius Clinic is clinic management software on the PC / Laptop that will take care of Patient Registration, Billing, Generating Prescriptions and clinical notes, Patient data and also deal in knowledge management. Many doctors stand testimony to its high precision and effective management.

Vikas Khanvelkar, MD, DesignTech Systems Ltd said’ “It is very important for Doctors to adopt the latest technology, in order to bridge this gap between technology and practitioners. Asclepius Clinic will be offering trial service of software for a period of one month. Efficient clinic management software will provide doctors seamless functionality and enhanced efficiency in managing their clinic.”

The software which is worth Rs. 15,000 is being offered free of cost to the privileged doctors.

DesignTech Systems would like to offer one month trial version of Asclepius Clinic software to hundred Doctors and Physicians.

Doctors who are interested in availing this software for their clinic can register their name with Vikramsinh Desai at 09881130388 & 020 – 30283100. Email id is vikramsinh.desai@designtechsys.com.

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