Dr.G. Rijju is the consultant in Nuclear Medicine in Malabar Institute of Medical Sciences, Calicut. He obtained his MBBS degree from Trivandrum Medical College. He did his post graduation in Nuclear Medicine from TATA Memorial Hospital & BARC, Mumbai and obtained DNB from Hinduja National & Research Center, Mumbai. He started his Nuclear Medicine career at CMC, Vellore. Prior to joining MIMS he was working as a consultant in Rugveda Health Care, Ahemadabad.
He presented papers in the International Symposium of Nuclear Cardiology in Bejing and his papers were accepted in the World Conference of Nuclear Medicine Biology in Sandeigo in Chile. Here he talks to us about the various aspects of health care and tourism.
What are the strengths of our health care facilities?
The general scenario is very promising for Medical Tourism in Kerala. The tradition along with the specialized and skilled manpower here is the first thing to mention. The crucial aspect is that the Indian doctors, nurses and professionals are well accepted globally. The friendly atmosphere, the moderate climate and the infrastructure including the connectivity to airports are all our strengths. Above all the health care facilities are spread all over Kerala Tourism. Thus as a whole the State is a role model in the field.
What are the unique advantages of Malabar in attracting medical tourists?
The uniqueness is that the rest of the world already knows this place from ancient times. Travelogues of many ancient travel writers praise the quality of life in this land. It is famous for its natural gifts, hospitality, trade and tradition. In short, Malabar had been already marketed as a preferred destination.
Can you tell something about MIMS approach in this line?
MIMS is not only a super specialty hospital but a lot of sub super specialty clinics. We aim at individual centers of excellence in every department. Many such centers under one roof is our goal. This will surely appeal the foreign patients.
Could you elaborate on the Dialysis centers planned by MIMS?
Our dialysis center offers services at a very special reduced rate. Also it gives free service to many poor patients. A model of establishing stand- alone Dialysis centers in association with other local institutions in various places is introduced. As per this, the Hospital Trust will meet the working capital and the associates will incur the running expenses. This will give hope to a huge population waiting outside for dialysis.
What about the services of Department of nuclear Medicine?
Nuclear Medicine is a new medical specialty that uses safe, painless and cost-effective techniques to image the function of various organs and treat diseases. Nuclear Medicine imaging is unique in that it documents organ function and structure, in contrast to diagnosis radiology, which is based upon anatomy. It is a way to gather medical information that may otherwise be difficult to obtain or necessitate more expensive diagnostic tests.
Nuclear Medicine imaging procedures help to identify abnormalities very early in the progression of a disease long before some medical problems are apparent with other diagnostic tests. This is based on the fact that the functional changes appear much before the structural changes in organ dysfunction. This early detection allows a disease to be treated early in its course when there may be a more successful prognosis. Department of Nuclear Medicine provides the most sophisticated and advanced Gamma Camera with fully digital detector and E.soft work station which is at par with global standards. Cost is maintained at a very nominal scale target to be affordable without any compromise on quality. MIMS also offers concession to the needy patients referred from medical college and govt.hospitals. The department also offers an exquisite thyroid clinic for diagnosis and treatment of various thyroid conditions.