Socso discusses collaboration with top Indian hospitals for workers treatment and rehabilitation

04 Apr 2023 01:53pm
Human Resources Minister V. Sivakumar - BERNAMA
Human Resources Minister V. Sivakumar - BERNAMA
NEW DELHI - The Social Security Organisation (Socso), a department under Malaysia's Ministry of Human Resources, is looking to collaborate with two of India's leading specialist hospitals to offer its workers advanced treatments and rehabilitation services.

Potential tie-up was discussed with the New Delhi-based IBS Hospital, which specializes in neurosciences, and Chennai's Apollo Cancer Hospital during Human Resources Minister V. Sivakumar's April 1-4 visit to India.

Socso, also known by its Malay acronym Perkeso (Pertubuhan Keselamatan Sosial), is interested in using proton-beam therapy available at Apollo as an alternative cancer treatment.

"The alternative treatment uses proton technology, which has no side effects on cancer patients, that Perkeso wishes to utilize in order to support existing rehabilitation services," Sivakumar said in a statement.

The minister and his delegation on Monday visited IBS Hospital to gain an understanding of the neuromodulation program offered in India.

"Perkeso also plans to create and offer neuromodulation services for the treatment of injuries including nerves spinal cord, stroke and neurological problems such as epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease," Sivakumar said.

Neuromodulation therapy provides stimulation to the brain and nervous system. The process can create new neural pathways or improve existing ones that have been damaged due to injury or disease.

A Malaysian working group will be formed to further discuss the form of cooperation with the two Indian medical facilities and make its recommendations, the minister told Bernama.

IBS managing director Dr Sachin Kandhari briefed Sivakumar and his delegation about the hospital's facilities and expertise in the field of neuromodulation, which can complement the existing Cybernics treatment provided at the Perkeso Rehabilitation Centre, the designated centre for Perkeso contributors.
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Those accompanying the minister included Datuk Muhd Khair Razman, the ministry's deputy secretary general for operations, Amizal Fadzli Rajali, Malaysian deputy high commissioner in New Delhi, Datuk Seri Dr Mohammed Azman Aziz Mohammed, Socso chief executive, and Thomas Mathew, chief executive of TalentCorp.

Sivakumar said his India visit was part of Malaysia's efforts to enhance its rehabilitation services to injured workers by adding cutting-edge treatment methods from around the world.

The minister also witnessed the signing of a memorandum of cooperation between TalentCorp and India's National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) in the Indian capital.

It will provide a platform for working together in the field of upskilling, including technical and vocational education training (TVET) - BERNAMA