S-E Asia's 1st colorectal hospital opens here

Above: Fortis Colorectal Hospital CEO Jeremy Lim (foreground) showing Dr Amy Khor around the hospital premises in Adam Road yesterday.

SINGAPORE - The first dedicated hospital in South-east Asia for the treatment of colorectal diseases opened its doors in Adam Road yesterday.

The Fortis Colorectal Hospital, which took in its first 100 patients in June, was set up by Indian private health-care group Fortis Healthcare, at a cost of $70 million.

At the opening ceremony, Dr Amy Khor, Minister of State for Health, said that Fortis Healthcare's investment in the hospital is "very timely".

While the occurrence of colorectal-cancer cases here has been increasing steadily, the "good news" is that the number of deaths from the disease has fallen steadily, Dr Khor said.

She added: "This can be attributed to early detection, medical advancements and better management of the disease."

The private hospital houses 31 beds, a 24-hour clinic and a wellness centre that offers screenings.

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