August 5, 2010 10:17 am
Making a heart-warming
announcement this week, Lanka Hospitals proudly celebrated another milestone at
Noting that the hospital’s
objective in this regard had been fully realised, the
Instigated and managed by Dr Madara Ralapanawe - the in-house medical officer and clinical embryologist - Lanka Hospital’s fertility centre was built in September 2008 at a cost of more than Rs 30 million and is equipped with the latest technology. The centre features an Em Cell IVF chamber from Australia, which was the first ever machine of its kind in Sri Lanka; HERACell Incubators from Germany; and an Olympus Inverted Microscope and Micromanipulator from Japan. A dedicated ultra sound scan is available in the unit for follicular monitoring, egg pick up and for scan guided embryo transfer. The culture media systems to grow the embryos are sourced from VitroLife of Sweden and come directly in a cold pack ensuring maintenance of the cold chain.
Taking into account the distance some patients have to travel and the significant costs involved in these trips to the hospital, Lanka Hospitals has introduced a new value addition to its service whereby the hospital deals directly with the patient’s family doctor saving the family the cost of travelling to the hospital and allowing them to carry out their daily activities uninterrupted. The centre caters to patients from all around the country including areas such as Hambantota, Galle, Batticaloa, Kandy, Matale, Badulla, Monaragala, Vavuniya, Jaffna, Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura.
Director Medical Services of Lanka Hospitals Dr. Wimal Karandagoda said, “In keeping with Lanka Hospitals vision of providing superior quality health care to a larger segment of society, Lanka Hospitals has made all types of fertility procedures affordable, to an extent that this facility could be within the means of a larger cross section of people at all levels.” The quality of the service at the centre coupled with the cost at which it’s provided has also attracted many international couples from the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States of America, Maldives and the Middle East in the hopes of starting a family – which, including local patients adds up to at least 45 – 50 patients a month, he averred. Affordability, according to him, has been recognized as a critical factor which plays a significant role in the couples’ decision. Therefore though the cost of the procedure is comparatively low - as low as 150,000, payments can also be made in instalments over the course of the procedure – a strategy which goes in line with Lanka Hospitals vision of providing quality healthcare at an affordable price.
Dr. Madara further stresses that they do not use the batch method of IVF cycle patients at the same time as done in most other hospitals but instead follow the cycle of each individual patient, thus continuing the fertility cycle throughout 365 days of the year and also reducing the risk of any impact on the patient’s body. “We do IVF cycles everyday, therefore we do not manipulate the normal or natural cycles. We have even had requests for auspicious timings for embryo transfers” he stated. Thus, the clinical embryologist and his trained team are committed to maintaining the highest confidentiality while providing all couples personalized superior medical care with compassion in a family focused environment. And with many such milestone births expected in the months to come, Lanka Hospitals promises the health loving public a health care experience that has to date not been experienced in Sri Lanka.