Adyar la enga thambi?”, “Cancer institute pakathula na”.
“Madras medical college la kadaicha my life will be awesome”.
“Inga illana kandipa Sugam pharmacy la irrukum”.
“Kannuku mai mattum azhagu illa Shankar nethralaya um azhagu dhaan”
All these are few things every Chennai person could easily hear on a regular basis. All of us know Madras is the cultural cub of South India but how many of us know that Chennai is the medical hub of India?
Medicine has always been an important part of Chennai. Starting right from the British times, Chennai has been a magnet for medical tourism. This progress didn’t happen overnight. It dates back to the days Chennai was called Madras.
Let’s get into some facts:
- First Indian artificial insemination was done in Chennai by Dr.Kamala Selvaraj.
- First laser surgery, open heart surgery in India was carried in Chennai.
- Chennai has been termed India’s health capital bringing in about 150 international patients every day.
- The medical lineage of the city began with the first hospital of India set up at Fort St.George on 16thNovember 1664 by Sir Edward Winter to treat sick soldiers of The East Indian company. The hospital grew in all fields and now stands before us as Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital.
Apart from this, Chennai has a strong base of health care non-profit organizations and NGO’s. One such example is the Indian Heart Association, focused on cardiovascular health prevention.
Institutes like have been Adyar Cancer institute,Apollo groups,CMC Vellore,Sankara Nethralaya have pioneered in their respective fields and have paved way for new medical treatments.
In March 2012, the Government General hospital performed its 1,000th kidney transplant, the highest in any government hospitals in the country.
With low treatment costs to hygiene facilities and hassle free waiting period, the city has been taking care of every single soul with utmost warmth.
Chennai, the hub of life saving.
A proud Madrasi.