UAE-based Indian entrepreneur helps rebuild health centre in Kerala

The authorities major health centre in Kerala’s Vazhakkad, which was destroyed in the 2018 floods, was rebuilt final month with funding assist from Dr Shamsheer Vayalil — an NRI entrepreneur who hails from the South Indian state.
Vayalil is the founder, chairman and managing director of VPS Healthcare, a number one healthcare service supplier in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations in addition to India.
Speaking on the neighborhood participation in the mission, he mentioned, “We needed all members of the neighborhood to be part of the initiative. Experts from totally different fields, together with the native inhabitants, got here collectively to make this endeavour a hit.”
The chairman added, “The participation and involvement of individuals from numerous walks of life, together with the most effective brains of IIT-Madras and Government Engineering College, Thrissur, has added worth to the mission and the result’s seen. The credit score for the success of the mission additionally belongs to the individuals who have selflessly related to us.”
The 15,000 sq. ft. family health centre — reconstructed at a value of Rs 10 crore — is the primary of its type in the nation to advertise the idea of whole health and wellness. The constructing is eco-friendly and energy-efficient, has an open fitness center and a play space for youngsters, and is disabled-friendly.
“While companies should construct crucial mass and develop revenues, they need to additionally play an integral position in facilitating transformative modifications in society. I consider that if you give, you develop, and this philosophy is integral to the company social accountability (CSR) actions of VPS Healthcare. We take immense pleasure in our community-centric initiatives that enhance the lives of individuals,” Vayalil instructed
“Vazhakkad is house to extraordinary individuals who had relied on the first health centre for many of their routine medical check-ups and desires,” mentioned Dr Okay Sakeena, a district medical officer. The facility used to take care of round 75,000 folks yearly. Now renamed as Family Health Centre, it’s anticipated to see round 200,000 sufferers a yr.
VPS Healthcare is an built-in healthcare service supplier with 24 operational hospitals, over 125 health centres and medical assist providers unfold throughout the GCC and India. It additionally runs one of many largest pharmaceutical manufacturing vegetation in Dubai and operates retail pharmacies throughout Abu Dhabi.
“We have a really international workforce comprising greater than 13,000 folks belonging to 78 nationalities. Many Indians work in our hospitals and different corporations throughout verticals with various ranges of expertise. We have Indians working in the roles of docs, nurses, assist employees and administrative officers,” Vayalil mentioned.
The group is concerned in a bunch of initiatives that replicate accountability in direction of society. During the Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala, VPS Healthcare prolonged assist to the state authorities by supplying medication and security gear price Rs 2 crore. In 2010, jobs and training help have been supplied to the households of the air crash victims in Mangalore. Artificial limbs and wheelchairs have additionally been donated to the otherwise abled in Kerala.
“The want to offer again to society is on the coronary heart of all our philanthropic endeavours. We purpose to create a optimistic social impression by means of our CSR and charity initiatives in the GCC in addition to India. Our work in catastrophe response has touched the lives of many,” Vayalil mentioned. In 2018, when devastating floods precipitated large destruction in Kerala, he lent a serving to hand to the state authorities by sending 100 tonnes of medicines and aid materials price Rs 12 crore through a particular plane.
Reconstructing the first health centre at Vazhakkad is a part of the following part, in response to the Rebuild Kerala initiative.
Vayalil lives in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), however his mother and father and prolonged household are in Kerala. “Before the Covid-19 pandemic modified the world as we all know it, I’d journey to India at the least as soon as a month to go to my household in addition to attend enterprise and board conferences. Today, I journey much less as a lot of the enterprise conferences have gone on-line,” he mentioned.
With restrictions eased, he has resumed journeys to India and different nations. His most up-to-date go to to India was in February 2021 to satisfy the Chief Election Commissioner to debate the voting rights of NRIs, a difficulty which is near his coronary heart.

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