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Turkish medical supplier mulls hospital projects

A leading global electro-surgical gear maker with nanotech ability is scouting for entry to Sri Lanka’s healthcare sector.

“We are of gold standard in terms of electro-surgical gear and operating theatre equipment. We are exploring the possibility of setting up hospital projects on a turnkey basis in Sri Lanka,” said Sales and Marketing Manager of Turkey’s Üzümcü Cihaz ve Medikal Gaz Sistemleri San. ve Tic. A.S., Tugrul Karagulle in Colombo last week.

Turkey is the eastern-most member in the NATO bloc. According Commerce Department sources, trade with Turkey has been on an increasing trend lately. Trade turnover in 2005 which stood at $ 97.4 million almost doubled to US $ 190.57 million by 2012, an increase of 95.66%. The balance of trade between Sri Lanka and Turkey has been in favour of Sri Lanka during the past eight years, increasing six-fold from US $ 14.7 million to US $ 88.39 million by 2012. Karagülle said, “This is our first visit to Sri Lanka.

Our products are used in more than 60 countries in five continents. We hope to meet several government and private sector officials in Colombo. We are headquartered in Ankara. Our products are of EU standard. We are a well-known brand in the Middles East, Africa, Russia and the Russian speaking countries. We are not into the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals. Our in-depth expertise in production and installation of medical devices and medical gas system equipment since 1969, has given us medical infrastructure and technical ability such as nanotechnology,” he said.

“We are also interested in hospital management and BOT projects. We are ready to transfer quality healthcare systems and expertise of our Turkey operations to Sri Lanka,” Karagulle said.

“We studied Sri Lanka’s medical system and we think there is a need for more ‘technologically advanced hospitals’ here,” he said.

“We will not set up a medical equipment manufacturing factory here but explore the possibility of setting up a private hospital possibly as a joint venture with a local partner and equip it with our own medical equipment and technology,” Karagulle said.

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