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Last Updated : Oct 25, 2014 07:09 PM IST | Source: CNBC-TV18

PM Modi inaugurates HN Reliance Foundation Hospital

The hospital, in its 90th year, has been completely rebuilt by Reliance Foundation, into a modern 19-storey tower with two heritage wings. The foundation is headed by Nita Ambani.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated the Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre in South Mumbai.


The hospital, in its 90th year, has been completely rebuilt by Reliance Foundation, into a modern 19-storey tower with two heritage wings. The foundation is headed by Nita Ambani.


The rebuilt hospital has collaborations with John Hopkins, MD Anderson Cancer Centre, Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of Southern California. It has all modern facilities.

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The hospital will reserve a fifth of its capacity for the underprivileged and provide 10 percent beds for free to the needy and another 10 percent at subsidised rates.


Welcoming the Prime Minister and Maharashtra Governor Vidyasagar Rao at the inauguration Nita Ambani said: “We re-dedicate Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital to the people of Mumbai”, adding that the hospital will treat "each patient as equals".


Mrs Ambani thanked PM Modi for the initiatives taken by him saying “each of PM’s initiatives have a connect to healthcare”.


Around 50 doctors of India origin across the world have joined the hospital, she said, adding: “Good health is a fundamental right. It is non-negotiable. Everyone deserves to live life to the fullest. Only a healthy nation can be prosperous.”


Addressing the inaugural ceremony, PM Modi said that the need of the hour is preventive healthcare in order to scale down the outbreak of diseases and boost the quality of health in the country.


The PM lauded the efforts of Reliance Foundation in giving a new lease of life to Mumbai's first general hospital built in the year 1925. The PM said that in a way it is a new beginning for the hospital.


Modi stressed on Make in India initiative to develop medical equipment locally, which will help in cutting costs. He even favoured the need to integrate tele-medicine to enable expert opinion even for people living far away is extremely important.


The PM mentioned that another important aspect of good healthcare is the provision of clean drinking water. He went on to exemplify his point by lauding the efforts the Madhya Pradesh government for starting a programme encouraging children to wash their hands.


“The journey from health insurance to health assurance is long and has to be achieved,” Modi said, adding that all political parties should have health as their one point agenda.


He also stressed on holistic health and said that he has been pushing for an International Yoga Day.  


Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani presented a memento to PM at the inaugural function.


Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries, appreciated the presence of Prime Minister Modi and Governor of Maharashtra at the event. He also lauded PM’s US visit.


Present at the inauguration were Amitabh Bachchan, Gulzar, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Paresh Rawal, Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai, Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar, Praful Patel, Kajol, Rani Mukherjee, Sonali Bendre, union minister Nitin Gadkari and Maharashtra BJP leaders Devendra Fadnavis, Vinod Tawde and other celebrities.


(With inputs from agencies)


Disclosure: Network 18, which publishes moneycontrol.com, is now part of the Reliance Group.



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First Published on Oct 25, 2014 06:15 pm
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