DM Healthcare launches year-long welfare drive
Dubai, February 8, 2012
Dubai-based DM Healthcare, a leading healthcare conglomerate with operations in the GCC and India, has launched a year-long community welfare initiative as part of its silver jubilee celebrations.
The Care Beyond Boundaries initiative will offer various services and undertakings to support to the community.
Dr Azad Moopen, chairman, DM Healthcare, said: “For us, Care Beyond Boundaries is not just a catch phrase. It is a philosophy and practice which is ingrained in our genes for over a quarter of a century now; it is part of our DNA.”
“We serve across regions, nationalities and different verticals of healthcare. With presence in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Oman in the Middle East and with an expanding footprint in India, we really are now present across boundaries of regions and nations.”
“With equal presence in all the three important verticals of healthcare namely clinics, hospitals and pharmacies, we today serve about 8 million people a year, who represent various nationalities,” he added.
Jamal Majid Khalfan bin Thaniah, business associate and director of DM Healthcare said: “The journey of DM Healthcare has been possible only with the strong support of the visionary rulers of the country and the support of the authorities and local population here.”
“The Care Beyond Boundaries initiative is our small way of giving it back to the community that has been supportive of our operations through these years. Twenty five years is a major milestone. For us it is an opportunity to look back at what we have achieved, take strength and learning from the journey and be inspired to carry on with this service for the next 25 years and more,” he added.
Today, DM Healthcare is the largest private healthcare provider in GCC with over 125 establishments under Aster and Medcare brands.
“We have plans to increase our network across the region, with projects that are all set for completion in the coming months. Our operations in India have been growing at a rapid pace too,” Dr Moopen said.
“Apart from increasing the network of hospitals in India’s Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities, DM Healthcare is constructing the Aster-MedCity, a state-of-the-art quaternary care referral hospital in Kochi, master planned in 38 acres of land and a medical college with 750 beds hospital in Wayand, Kerala.”
“We have acquired a large hospital in Saudi Arabia and are constructing three hospitals in UAE. With these, the total beds being managed by the Group will be over 3,000 in India and GCC,” he added.
As part of the Care Beyond Boundaries initiative, DM Healthcare aims to take up awareness campaign against road traffic accidents as a major project in the next decade.
This will be done in association with local authorities like RTA in Dubai. DM Healthcare will soon launch a mobile healthcare vehicle for Dubai to aid the CSR activities.
The vehicle will also be a channel through which the Group will focus on spreading awareness on the ill effects of tobacco.
It will provide healthcare screening and awareness camps as part of Aster’s ongoing Community Good Health Programme initiative.
The service will mainly target to offer health awareness and possible healthcare screening services to the lower income strata of people, who are not covered by medical insurance. The vehicle will have doctors and paramedics on board.
Aster clinics will provide a 25 per cent discount on all its preventive healthcare packages throughout the year, as part of the celebrations. The packages can be availed at most of its medical centres and hospitals across the region.
DM Healthcare also announced the launch of a loyalty card called ‘Aster Care’, for its customers. The loyalty card will provide various privileges, including discounted fee, for loyal customers across the Aster network, comprising of clinics and pharmacies in the UAE.
DM Healthcare will also organise free medical camps this year across the region. The camps are expected to provide health screening and preventive care for diabetes and other lifestyle related diseases to approximately 25,000 people during this year.
The medical camps, which would be a continuation of Aster’s Community Good Health Initiative, will be conducted in co-ordination with various authorities, community associations and charity organisations based in the region. – TradeArabia News Service