Fortis enters pacts with hospitals in Dubai, Tanzania

The company has agreed to extend its medical expertise to RAK Hospital in Dubai and Regency Medical Centre (RMC) in Tanzania through one of its subsidiaries, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Fortis Healthcare said in a statement.

As per a Memorandum of Understanding, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute (FEHI) will set up a paediatric interventional cardiac unit at RAK Hospital in Dubai, it said. In addition, Fortis will help Tanzania's leading medical centre, RMC, provide specialised medical services, including non-invasive cardiology and orthopaedics, the company added.

"We are pleased to associate with RAK Hospital and RMC. This association is in line with our vision to become a global healthcare service provider and offer best quality to the benefit of the patient," Fortis Healthcare Regional Director Ashish Bhatia said.

A panel of hand-picked cardiac specialists from Fortis Escorts Heart Institute will be stationed at RAK Hospital to add strength to its existing cardiac team, it said. Under the agreement with RMC, Fortis will station super- specialty doctors from various disciplines, including cardiology and urology, for providing clinical services in Tanzania, it added.
Furthermore, Fortis will provide training to RMC doctors, nurses and paramedical staff at various Fortis network hospitals, it added.

"The patients in Tanzania will have access to specialised medical care which conforms to the world-class quality parameters of Fortis Healthcare," RMC promoter Rajni Kanabar said.

Fortis Healthcare group has been actively looking for expansion in overseas markets. Earlier this month, Singh family-promoted Fortis Global Healthcare Holdings announced that it will acquire the healthcare businesses of Hong Kong-listed Quality Healthcare Asia Ltd for an aggregate consideration of around Rs 882 crore.

Shares of Fortis Healthcare today closed at Rs 164.50 on the Bombay Stock Exchange, down 0.60 per cent from the previous close.

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