Tuesday, June 25

Health tourism as an attraction in city


FOR YOU: Connie (centre) presents a souvenir to Lo.

KUCHING: Kuching can include health tourism as one of its attractions through the collaboration of hospitals with Singapore-based Parkway Pantai Limited (PPL).

Padawan Municipal Council chairman Lo Khere Chiang said health tourism was a lucrative business in many countries.

He said there is market for health tourism in Kuching as many Indonesians come here for treatment.

“If there is collaboration between experts in Singapore and Kuching with more seminars and dialogues held, I believe it will be an advancement for medical tourism,” Lo said at the opening of the Public Health Seminar yesterday.

The seminar was organised by Maybank Berhad Pending Branch and sponsored by Parkway Health.

Topics presented were ‘Colorectal Cancer: Early Detection and Treatment’ by Gleneagles Medical Centre Singapore general surgeon Dr Quah Hak Mien; ‘Abnormal Menstruation: Diagnosis & Treatment’ by Gleneagles Medical Centre Singapore senior O&G Dr Anthony Siow and ‘Advance Treatment in Lung Cancer’ by cardiothoracic surgeon Dr Su Jang Wen.

Lo commended those who turned up for the seminar as it shows the people are aware of the importance of health.

PPL is one of Asia’s largest healthcare providers with branches in Singapore, Malaysia, China, Hong Kong, India, Vietnam and Brunei.

In Singapore, PPL is the largest private healthcare provider with over 1,200 specialist doctors. In addition to four hospitals in Singapore, PPL also has a large network of medical centres, clinics and numerous research organisations.

In Malaysia, PPL is the second largest private healthcare provider in terms of the number of licensed hospital beds. It owns and operates 11 hospitals across Malaysia.

PPL also has a huge presence in China, India, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Brunei and has achieved big strides in terms of creating public health awareness at home and abroad.  These and other projects represent a significant commitment and contribution from PPL to the healthcare of the people in these countries, he said.

Also present were Parkway Health Corp Marketing assistant vice-president Samuel Tan and Parkway Health regional office manager (Sarawak) Connie Tan.