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Chennai – India, March 19 : The Chennai-based Lifeline Group of Hospitals has signed a memorandum of understanding with Zambia’s health ministry Wednesday to establish its first overseas hospital.

The MoU was signed with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Works and Supplies, Republic of Zambia. Lifeline Zambia will have an investment of $10 million.

“Identifying the requirement to have better medical facility, Lifeline has taken this initiative to provide all surgical expertise and to create a state-of-the-art modern hospital in Zambia,” said J.S. Rajkumar, chairman, Lifeline group.

“We will also be identifying and extending our services by reaching out to various other countries, where health care is minimal,” he added.

The Zambia government will provide the land and building for the proposed medical facility. Lifeline group will build on the existing facility, equip it with 100 beds and provide state of the art equipment to make it one of the most modern hospitals in Zambia.

Lifeline group will also run the facility as a commercial entity at an affordable fee.

The hospital will also have a team of 300 medical personnel, including doctors and paramedical staff of which 80 percent will be from the Lifeline’s own team.

The hospital will be registered with the Zambian government under the Medical Council of Zambia and the government will also assist the Lifeline group to promote this centre in the region comprising the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Malawi and Namibia.

“Lifeline will also provide training to medical personnel from the University Teaching Hospital, Ndoia Central and Kitwe Central Hospital in India in order to better equip them on the latest medical treatments and procedures,” Rajkumar said.

The Lifeline group has three facilities in Chennai. The group also has a department for stem cell research and has proven therapy for several paralytic cases to be successful.