10 Aug 2006

Apollo Group of India interested in setting up private hospital in Fiji

3:12 pm on 10 August 2006

The Apollo Group of India, which is one of the country's largest hospital chains, has signed an agreement to look at setting up a private hospital in Fiji.

Apollo's president of corporate development, Anil Maini, says many people from Fiji were travelling to Chennai in India for treatment which sparked their initial interest.

The company, which operates 45 hospitals and a number of clinics in India, as well as several projects overseas, is looking to expand its integrated healthcare business.

Mr Maini says there have been discussions with business people in Fiji and it is involved in a proposal for a private hospital.

"Basically, the aims and the objectives would be to cater to the local population and also Fiji is a tourist destination then you would naturally attract patients there. And, the cost of health care which Apollo would provide is definitely lower than what New Zealand and Australia offer."

Mr Maini says it will take time for the proposal to get off the ground.