Dr Jayamala Ramachandra, Minister for Women and Child Development and Empowerment  of Differently Abled & Senior Citizens, visited Thumbay Medicity on  November 24, 2018. Founder president of Thumbay Group Dr. Thumbay Moideen greeted the minister was at Thumbay Medicity.

Jayamala toured the advanced healthcare and medical education facilities at Thumbay Medicity including Gulf  Medical University, Thumbay Dental Hospital, Thumbay Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Hospital.

The minister commended Thumbay Medicity for the excellent facilities for healthcare and  medical education, as she observed various services at Thumbay Dental Hospital - the first private dental hospital in the country and the largest  academic dental hospital in the Middle East region’s private sector, as well as Thumbay Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Hospital - the biggest and most advanced hospital for physical therapy and rehabilitation. The vision, mission and future directions of Thumbay Group and Gulf Medical University – the region’s leading private medical university, as well as the University’s advanced training and teaching facilities,  were also presented before the guest. She appreciated Thumbay Group’s efforts in bringing the latest technology and innovation in healthcare and medical education to the region.

Dr.  Thumbay Moideen said that Thumbay Medicity was envisioned as the healthcare  and medical education hub of the region, to serve a floating population of 20,000 on completion. “The soon-to-open 500-bed academic hospital –  Thumbay University Hospital - the largest hospital in the region, combined with the dental and rehabilitation hospitals make Thumbay for specialized care.  Thumbay Medicity is also a referral facility to which primary and secondary care hospitals and clinics refer serious cases,” he explained. Thumbay Medicity also houses Body & Soul Health Club and Spa, The Terrace Restaurant, Blends & Brews Coffee Shoppe, Thumbay Pharmacy etc. hospitals of Thumbay Medicity are Academic  Health Centers of the Gulf Medical University Academic Health System (GMUAHS), which give them the unique advantage of having the expertise of doctors who are also academicians and researchers. GMUAHS has the distinction of being the first private academic health system in the region.

Thumbay Medicity is a significant landmark in  Thumbay into a leading healthcare provider in the region. “We are pursuing a massive global expansion plan at the moment, according to which the Thumbay academic hospital network will have a total of 1000 beds in the UAE, 1500 beds in India and 750 beds elsewhere in the Gulf and Africa by 2022,” said Dr. Thumbay Moideen.

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Mumbai : The farmers' long march from Nashik to Mumbai will continue after their leaders' late night parleys with Maharashtra government to address their demands remained inconclusive, the march organisers said Thursday.

Farmers have embarked on a 180-km march from Nashik to Mumbai for the second time in the last 12 months to protest against what they termed as the "betrayal" of peasants by the BJP governments at the state and centre.

The Kisan Long March-2, expected to take over nine days to complete, is being organised by the CPI(M)-backed All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS).

The march could not be taken out Wednesday as police stopped many farmers from reaching Nashik, the AIKS claimed. Maharashtra minister Girish Mahajan met some AIKS representatives in Nashik Wednesday night.

"We held talks with the minister for over three hours.

The government appeared positive to 80 per cent of our demands. The minister said he would speak to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis first," AIKS president Ashok Dhawale said.

Dhawale said Mahajan informed AIKS representatives that the assurances would be given in writing. "The AIKS has decided to go ahead with the march beginning Thursday morning till the government does so," he added.

Dhawale said police were also present during the meeting with Mahajan. They (police) are not going to stop the farmers now, he added.

Mahajan could not be reached for his comment.

The AIKS has accused the government of not fulfilling assurances given to farmers last year after they marched between the two cities, seeking farm loan waiver, minimum support price for crops, irrigation facilities and provision of pension to agriculturists.

The AIKS also said it is opposed to the multi-billion dollar Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project which has seen several farmers along the proposed route approach court against land acquisition.