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Now HLL HINDLABS - MRI & CT Scans at Thiruvananthapuram

Public can avail scanning facilities at 60% discount from Wednesday

After successfully establishing and revolutionizing market rates at MRI Scan facilities at Kozhikode, Thrissur, Alappuzha and Kottayam, HLL – HINDLABS facility will be available for the natives of Thiruvananthapuram and nearby districts from Wednesday.

 Minister for Health and Social Justice Smt. K.K Shailaja Teacher and Minister for Devaswom and Tourism and Co- Operation Shri Kadakamapally Surendran will inaugurate the MRI and CT Scan Centre, respectively.

Scanning facilities for patients will be offered at an attractive discount rate of 60 per cent as HINDLABS, an initiative of HLL Lifecare Limited (HLL), makes functional its MRI and CT scan units at the Sree Avittom Thirunal (SAT) Hospital on September 13 said Mr. R.P.Khandelwal CMD, HLL. In addition to the discount, 10% of BPL patients will be offered scans free of cost at HINDLABS.

The new HINDLABS center with an investment of Rs. 11.30 Crores is equipped with 1.5 Tesla MRI scan machines, and CT Scan, with 128 slices, will provide essential diagnostic services to the patients of Medical College Hospital, SAT, Regional Cancer Centre (RCC), Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST) and other outpatients.  These machines help in providing reliable test results in a comparatively shorter time.

Established in 2009, HLL has established itself as a reliable brand in the field of quality diagnostic services at affordable cost through its diagnostic services division ‘Hindlabs’. The company has proven expertise in delivering quality and customer-friendly diagnostic services through public-partnership models said Mr. R.P.Khandelwal, CMD – HLL Lifecare Ltd. The MRI scanning units of HINDLABS have so far benefitted around two lakh patients added R.P.Khandelwal.

HLL also runs a state-of-the art – HINDLABS Diagnostic Centre and Multi-specialty Clinic at the TRIDA Complex opposite to Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram.


Health Minister inaugurates state-of-the-art HINDLABS MRI & CT at SAT

HLL Lifecare Limited (HLL) has provided the state government with much needed support in strengthening the infrastructure in healthcare, Kerala’s Minister of Health and Family Welfare Smt. K K Shailaja Teacher today said as she inaugurated the new HLL- HINDLABS’ MRI and CT Scan Centre at the Sree Avittom Thirunal (SAT) hospital at Medical College campus in the city today.

“We aim to develop self-sufficient, excellent and patient-friendly Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and medical colleges. Public-Private partnership has the potential to achieve government’s dream of healthcare for all in the state,” the Minister said.

She lauded HINDLABS– an initiative of HLL, for the new MRI and CT Scan Centres at SAT which will provide diagnostic services at an affordable cost.

“This is HINDLABS’ fifth MRI and CT Scan Centre in the state and the 10th in the country. We have already established MRI Scan facilities at Kozhikode, Thrissur, Alappuzha and Kottayam,” said HLL CMD Shri RP Khandelwal. He added that HINDALBS Scan Centres offer an attractive discount rate of up to 60 per cent and offer scans free of cost to 10% of BPL patients.

Shri Khandelwal noted how HLL, through public-partnership models, has diversified from being a condom manufacturer into a healthcare delivery company.

“We provide quality diagnostic services at extremely affordable costs –starting from primary health centres to medical colleges in various states of India,” he added. “The MRI scanning units of HINDLABS have so far benefitted around two lakh patients. HLL is enduring its best to provide healthcare services at affordable cost.”

The new 3000 square feet HINDLABS centre, with an investment of Rs. 11.30 crores, is equipped with 1.5 Tesla MRI scan machines, and CT Scan, with 128 slices. It will provide essential diagnostic services to the patients of Medical College Hospital, SAT, Regional Cancer Centre (RCC), Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST) and other outpatients.  These machines help in providing reliable test results in a comparatively shorter time.

“HLL has played a major role in the development of medical college hospital facilities since 2009. One third of the hospital’s development is contributed by HLL,” said Thiruvananthapuram Medical College Principal Dr Thomas Mathew.

“The new HINDLABS Scan Centres will be beneficial to the common people,” said Director of Medical Education, Dr Remla Beevi.

“When faced with an emergency, we had to take children in an ambulance to Medical College, which was time consuming and difficult especially with oxygen masks. The new lab will ease the transportation difficulty,” said SAT Hospital Superintendent Shri Santhosh Kumar.

HLL Director (Technical and Operations), Shri EA Subramanian, Medical College Superintendent Dr MS Sharmad, Radio Diagnosis HOD Dr N Roy, and former SAT Hospital Superintendent Dr V R Nandini were the other dignitaries present at the function.

Since 2009, HLL has established itself as a reliable brand in the field of quality diagnostic services at affordable cost through its diagnostic services division HINDLABS. The company has proven expertise in delivering quality and customer-friendly diagnostic services through public-partnership models.

HLL also runs a state-of-the art – HINDLABS Diagnostic Centre and Multi-specialty Clinic at the TRIDA Complex opposite to Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram.


Free Cardiology Camp at HINDLABS on Sept. 28

HLL Lifecare Limited (HLL) will observe World Heart Day by conducting a free cardiology camp at its Hindlabs Specialty Clinic at Sopanam TRIDA Complex, near the Thiruvananthapuram Government Medical College, on September 28 (Thursday).

The camp, which will be open to the public from 9 am to 1 pm, will offer free consultation by renowned cardiologist Dr Ashok Chandra Rao. The first hundred registrations will get entry to the camp.

Tests will be conducted and medicines will be provided free of cost to the attendees of the camp.  The tests include fasting blood sugar, post-prandial blood sugar (PPBS), lipid profile, blood pressure, body mass index, ECG and cholesterol. They will also get a 15% discount for Treadmill Stress Test (TMT) and echo test. Special discounted packages will be provided to those who require an angiogram and angioplasty.

Hindabs provides healthcare and diagnostic facilities, especially to the poorer sections of the society, at affordable costs. Besides cardiology, it offers consultation in the morning and evening by doctors specialized in various fields, including gastroenterology, diabetology, General Medicine, ENT, paediatrics, gynaecology and pulmonology.

Patients can register for the camp by contacting 9400027969 or 0471-2443445 between 9 am and 5 pm.


Ignitho Lines UpExpansion; to Ramp Up Innovation Labs in Kochi

Ignitho Technologies, a UK headquartered software house which is rapidly establishing itself as the market leader in “frugal technology innovation”, has announced its plans to exponentially expandits market reach and capabilities. A key step in this direction is ramping up itsteam based at its brand-newInnovation Labs in Kochi Infopark.

With Kochi emerging as one of India’s hottest IT hubs of new technology innovation and the amazing talent pool available here, Ignitho aims to expand its team in Kochi to 250 in the coming months. To make this happen, Ignitho recently inaugurated a larger Development Centre in Infopark Phase 2 as the base for further expansion for now.Building on strong testimonials from UK clients,Ignitho has also embarked on an expansion into the US and Continental European markets. Ignitho is already actively in discussions with investors to fund this next phase of scale-up growth.

“Ignitho has today evolved from a UK start-up established in 2013 to an established scale-up, with a credible track record of long-term clients and exponential revenues from its core services business. We have afirst-mover market advantage with Frugal Technology Innovation, where we partner with enterprises to nurture business ideas on limited budgets. We collaborate closely on the Frugal Technology Innovation methodology with Jaideep Prabhu, a world-renowned innovation thought leader from the University of Cambridge. Our clients have also strongly endorsed our capability to take them from Rapid Prototyping to Scalable Solutions using emerging technologies (RPA, Machine Learning, AR and IoT), as well as established technologies in web and mobile. In addition, we havegiven a major boost to our focus on Frugal Technology Innovation and our investments in Kochi through the launch of Ignitho Ventures, a disruptive new model to build standalone B2B product companies and to turn talented Ignitho employees, christened Ignitors, into entrepreneurs. The time to aggressively capitalise on the market opportunity is now!”,says Jijo Olassa, one of Ignitho’ s three co-founders.

Co-founder Roney Solomanadds,“We are excited by the strong interest and support from industry watchersas well as our clients and peer ecosystem. Clutch has recently named us as a Top 5 UK IT Services Firm for the mid-market, besides which Bloor Research recently blogged about our disruptive value proposition.These recognitions havefurther encouraged us to devise and implement an aggressive growth strategy.Having achieved so much in such little time bootstrapping with money from the founding team thus far, a sizeable investment into the business at this stage will take us remarkably forward towards our vision for Ignitho. Early conversations for INR 20-25 Crores in funding from the global investment community are progressing.”

To provide further leadership impetus, Roney Soloman as Executive Chairman will drive the strategic focus for these aggressive growthand investment plans. Jijo Olassa as Chief Executive Officer will work alongside Roney on Ignitho’ smarket expansion and execution, while Vinoo Thomas as Chief Delivery Officer will lead Ignitho’ s technology and delivery capabilities. Ignitho’s three co-founders are senior IT industry professionals who have led business growth and delivery in key western markets for the likes of Accenture, Cognizant, Mindtree and HP, and are based in Ignitho’s London office.

 About Ignitho Technologies:

Started in 2013 and headquartered out of London, with innovation centers at Gatwick, UK and Kochi, India, Ignitho has established itself today as a credible technology innovation partner for enterprises. Based out of Ignitho’s London offices, Ignitho’s leadership team are senior IT industry professionals who have led business growth and delivery in key western markets for the likes of Accenture, Cognizant, Mindtree and HP. Ignitho peer ecosystem of industry experts, including former CIO’s, offers enterprises the added ability to collaboratively ideate and successfully deliver with these thought leaders for maximum impact at minimum risk.For additional information, please visit:


NISH conducts Online Interactive Parental Awareness Seminar on "Management in children with Specific Language Impairment"

National Institute of Speech & Hearing (NISH) together with the Directorate of Social Justice is conducting their 24thonline Interactive Disability Awareness Seminar (NIDAS) on October 21st. The seminar deals with “Management in children with Specific Language Impairment”, which will be handled by Ms. Sreebha Sreedhar, Audiologist & Speech Pathologist, NISH.

This online live seminar hosted at NISH will commence at their campus at 10.30 am. This will be simultaneously presented at all the District Child Protection Units (DCPU) offices for audiences present there via internet.

The two and a half -hour programme in Malayalam aims to reach out across the state to larger numbers of parents and caregivers, who are not aware of the implications of disability.

Interested people who wish to participate from DCPU offices in each district may contact the Child Protection Units Officer nearest to them and avail the telephonic registration process.

Participants from each district can contact the District Child Protection officers in the following numbers: Thiruvananthapuram (0471-2345121), Kollam (0474-2791597) Pathanamthitta (0468-2319998), Alappuzha (0477-2241644), Kottayam (0481-2580548), Idukki (0486-2200108), Ernakulam (0484-2609177),Thrissur (0487-2364445), Palakkad(0491-2531098), Malappuram (0483-2978888), Kozhikode (0495-2378920), Wayanad (04936-246098), Kannur (0490-2326199)and Kasargod (04994-256990).

Participants from Trivandrum district can also attend from NISH after telephonic registration by contacting NISH in 0471- 3066658.

Interested people can register on the website Interested people can register on the website Participants should either have a personal computer, laptop or tablet along with reliable high speed internet connectivity, webcam and microphone.


Girl education, breastfeeding help Kerala to stave off diarrhoea: ASCODD Prez

India’s southern states, especially Kerala, were able to contain the incidence of diarrhoeal diseases largely due to women’s education and breastfeeding, according to Prof. Nirmal Kumar Ganguly, President, Asian Conference on Diarrhoeal Disease and Nutrition (ASCODD).

“South Indian states pip their counterparts in the North in preventing this disease. Social development is high in these states and if a child is given breastfeeding at least for six months, the child is largely protected,” Prof. Ganguly said here today during an interaction at the three-day 14th ASCODD, which began at the Crowne Plaza Hotel here.

He explained that lack of girls’ education, malnutrition, paucity of latrines and gender imbalance are some reasons why states like Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh are struggling to ward off diarrhoeal diseases.

Prof. Ganguly suggested WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene), balanced nutrition and vaccines such as rotavirus, typhoid vaccine and cholera vaccine as preventive measures for diarrhoeal diseases.

“WASH can be connected to Swachh Bharat Mission, and other preventive activities could be linked to the National Health Mission, which moves to the lowest level of the healthcare,” he opined.

“The disease is a hindrance to the growth of nation as one of the outcomes of diarrhoea is stunted children. If you have a stunted nation, its growth in every sphere is affected. So this is very much linked to the development of a nation,” the expert stressed.

About the biennial conference, Prof. Ganguly said that during the early 60s or 70s, diarrhoeal diseases were one of the largest killers of children below five.

“That was one of the major causes of morbidity in children up to adolescence, and for those who survived, it led to malnutrition and many children became stunted. Nutrition is the highest challenge still in India. Though the mortality rate of diarrhoea has come down in rural areas, it is still the second killer after pneumonia with regard to children below five,” he pointed out.

Explaining about the formation of the ASCODD, he said a group of researchers from the National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED) from Kolkata held a meeting with International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr, b) in Dhaka in 1981 to discuss the challenges posed by diseases like cholera, diarrhoea, typhoid and water-borne hepatitis.

“I was part of the Indian delegation in the bilateral meeting. The next meeting was held in Kolkata in 1984 and later we expanded our activities to other Asian countries. Subsequent meetings were held in Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Pakistan,” he said, and added that the ASCODD conducts awareness; creates networking and industry academia; identifies research in the area and public health methods; and is bringing global research and thoughts to India.

As Dr. Firdausi Qadri from Bangladesh assumes charge as the next President post the conference, the ASCODD will be headquartered in Dhaka.

Over 61scientists from countries, including the UK, the US, Bangladesh, Germany, India, France and Sweden, will present papers at the conference.

It has been organised by the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, a national institute under the Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India in association with icddr, b; Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI), Faridabad; the INCLEN Trust International (INCLEN INT) and the National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED), Kolkata.

The theme of the conference is “Saving lives: innovations and solutions for diarrhoeal diseases, enteric fever and malnutrition,” which is majorly supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.


Free Check-up Camp at Hindlabs on World Diabetes Day

HLL Lifecare Limited’s diagnostic lab, Hindlabs will organize free diabetes camp at its center at TRIDA Complex, near Thiruvananthapuram Govt. Medical College in observance of World Diabetes Day on November 14, Monday.

The camp, which will be open from 8 am, will be headed by eminent diabetologist Dr. Dinesh Prabhu.

Registration will be limited to 100 participants on a first-come-first-serve basis.

The camp will offer free sugar check-up, cholesterol test, blood pressure, Body Mass Index test and diet counselling. Free ECG tests will be available upon the doctor’s recommendation.

People can register for the camp by contacting at 9400027969 or 0471-2443445.


Dr. R.K. Vats appointed as the new HLL C&MD

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Vats, I.A.S, Additional Secretary and Director General (DG) of Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) has taken charge as theChairman and Managing Director (C&MD) of HLL Lifecare Limited (HLL), PSE under Union Health Ministry.

He has served as Joint Secretary & Financial Advisor, Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation; Director, National Buildings Construction Corporation Ltd; Director, Housing and Urban Development Corporation Ltd; and Director, Hindustan Prefab Limited.

HLL, a Mini Ratna PSU under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has a diverse portfolio of products, including contraceptives, pharmaceuticals and personal hygiene and hospital products, besides diagnostic services.

Currently, the HLL group consists of seven entities: the parent company HLL Lifecare Ltd; HLL Biotech Ltd. (HBL); HLL Infra Tech Services Ltd (HITES); HLL Medipark Ltd. (HML); LifeSpring Hospitals; Goa Antibiotics and Pharmaceuticals Limited (GAPL); Hindustan Latex Family Planning Promotion Trust (HLFPPT); and HLL Management Academy (HMA).


A.S. Watson Selects UST Global as one of its Development Partners for New-Age Digital Solutions

Thiruvananthapuram, December 15, 2017 – A.S. Watson, world’s largest international health and beauty retailer, has selected UST Global, a leading digital technology services company, as one of its technology partners for new-age digital solutions for the company. The key technology focus areas would be AI (Artificial Intelligence), Machine Learning and Automation.

A.S. Watson Group, through digital transformation is looking to build on their solid retail foundation to fuel further growth through a smarter and more efficient organization.

Malina Ngai, Group Chief Operating Officer of A.S. Watson, explained why the company introduces the partnership approach. “We believe every technology partner whom we have chosen to work with is more than just a vendor. Traditional client-vendor relationship is short-term, lack of transparency and continuity. The Partnership Programme is designed to transform the short term contractual relationship to a longer term strategic relationship to create a win-win for both parties. The appointment of our first batch of worldwide Tech Partners shows our determination to accelerate our digital transformation, enabling A.S. Watson Group to build on our solid retail foundation to fuel further growth through a smarter and more efficient organisation. Our purpose of putting customer first and putting a smile on their faces continues. We recognize that our customers are changing rapidly and technology has become an ever more critical ingredient to deliver our purpose.”

Alexander Varghese, Chief Administrative Officer, UST Global, said “At UST Global, we are the forefront of innovation and are focused on bringing cutting-edge technologies for our large global customers. We are excited to work with A.S. Watson and thank them for having us onboard.”

Gilroy Mathew, Head – APAC, UST Global, said, “Working with A.S. Watson will truly reinforce our position in the APAC region and in Hong Kong as a geo. We are determined to solve business problems of our customers, and look forward to transforming A.S. Watson’s business to a next level with innovations around AI, Machine Learning and Automation.”

Pablo Tachil, Director – Digital, UST Global, said, “We have the privilege of being a part of the digital transformation journey at A.S. Watson, including ongoing cutting-edge initiatives using Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning at the core of the solutions being jointly developed.”


Ananthapuri Hospitals and Research Institute - Inspiring In Every Way

“Healing is a state of the mind!!”

Half the battle with diseases is won when medical care is delivered with love, affection and conviction. Ananthapuri Hospitals And Research Institute (AHRI) – Asia’s leading tertiary care hospital, located just 3km from Thiruvananthapuram Railway Station/Thampanoor Bus Stand, and 2km from Thiruvananthapuram Airport fulfills this thought very well.

A splendid 500-bedded hospital located at Kazhakuttam-Kovalam Bypass Road, the AHRI has been administering quality healthcare to Thiruvananthapuram citizens for over ten years. Ever since its inception in 2005, AHRI has played a pivotal role in the transformation of private sector health care in Thiruvananthapuram. This has been made possible by getting on board more than 150 eminent doctors in the country who are distinguished in their respective field of expertise.

Service with Sincerity, Solicitude and Sophistication is the guiding mission of AHRI. This explains why Ananthapuri Hospitals And Research Institute (AHRI) is an “institution” when it comes to delivering the finest in medical excellence.

Clinical Excellence and Distinctive Patient Care

There is not a single field which the Ananthapuri Hospitals And Research Institute hasn’t tapped. The 30–bedded Neonatal ICU Paediatric-ICU unit, one of the largest and best equipped units in Kerala was inaugurated last year on 5th November, 2016.

AHRI covers the following areas of specialization: Anaesthesiology, Ayurveda, Bio-Chemistry, Cardio Thoracic Surgery, Cardiology, Critical Care, Dental and Maxillo Facial Surgery, Dermatology, ENT, Emergency Medicine, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, General Medicine, General Surgery, Infertility and Laparoscopy, Microbiology, Nephrology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Paediatric Endocrinology, Paediatric Nephrology, Paediatric Surgery, Paediatrics and Neonatology, Pathology, Plastic Surgery, Psychiatry, Pulmonology, Radiology, Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, and Urology.

Apart from specialized treatment, the AHRI has ample provisions for cosmetic surgery and health maintenance checkups. The hospital provides good pre and post-operative care to their patients. After the treatment at AHRI, patients and foreign tourists can stay back at famous health resorts of Kovalam, Varkala and many more places of Kerala.

Empanelment’s with Ananthapuri Hospital

Many Government and private organizations, corporate bodies and insurance companies have happily recognized the services of Ananthapuri Hospitals And Research Institute. Some highlights of AHRI’s tie-ups and empanelment:

  • More than 30 firms in and around Thiruvananthapuram are empanelled with Ananthapuri Hospitals for providing healthcare services to their employees.
  • Around 25 insurance companies have tied up with the hospital.

The state-of-the-art infrastructure and world-class equipments at Ananthapuri Hospitals adds to the reasons for choosing this hospital.

Promising Check-Ups

 Health maintenance needs constant monitoring. Ananthapuri Hospitals has devised various health checkups which include Diabetic Lifecheck, Cardiac Lifecheck, Executive Lifecheck, and Women’s Exclusive Lifecheck. These are held from time to time in keeping with the health needs of people. Regular monitoring of health parameters is also done.

 Meeting the Health Traffic Needs

“God’s own Country” Kerala has been lucky to get foreigners and domestic tourists for healthcare maintenance and treatment needs. Ananthapuri – being close to the airport and having good access to railway station and other major centres in the city – has emerged as the ultimate choice of a large number of visitors. Moreover, the excellent care provided by the professional and dedicated staff at Ananthapuri brings increased number of referrals too. This creates a category of Medical Tourists for the State which can be a major boost for the tourism sector.

Ananthapuri has also created an admirable niche for itself among the other leading hospitals in the city of Kerala. This is quite evident from the high number of local population approaching the hospital for efficient healthcare. Needless to say, AHRI has played a predominant role in the development of healthcare services in India by setting new trends and bringing about changes cherished and earnestly sought by the society.


Ananthapuri Hospitals and Research Institute
Chacka, NH Bypass, Thiruvananthapuram – 695024
Tel: 0471 – 2579900, 2506565
Emergency : 0471 – 2507575
Fax: 0471 – 2506969

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