Vikas Katoch, Chief Operating Officer, Right Health: Exclusive Interview on Indian’s contribution in Healthcare Sector in UAE
Q1) Tell us a little bit about your journey in establishing yourself in the UAE. I started my journey back in 2015 after spending about a decade in healthcare in India. I remember that we had come
Q1) Tell us a little bit about your journey in establishing yourself in the UAE.
I started my journey back in 2015 after spending about a decade in healthcare in India. I remember that we had come to Dubai thinking we would relocate to the West in two or three years, but were amazed with the growth story, lifestyle and more importantly vision of the rulers of the UAE.
I am a proud citizen of India but at same time I consider myself lucky to be resident of the UAE as even if you are not the citizen of UAE, you always feel safe, encouraged and motivated and the UAE is always at fore front to set up the best examples in terms of technology, standard of living, rights of the people and so on.
The journey thus far is extremely enriching and I feel motivated by doing my bit in providing accessible and affordable care to residents and even the underprivileged but yet the largest diaspora of society namely blue-collar workers.
Being a part of the journey of contributing to healthcare itself is a feeling of pride and specially in this era of COVID-19, the responsibility is on healthcare professionals and its proud feeling providing care at such a scale.
Q2) Why do you think Indians are doing well in UAE’s medical sector?
Indians are doing absolutely fantastic and contributing in a big way to UAE healthcare. You can see many Indian founders who are running the biggest healthcare chains in the UAE. For instance, Dr Azad Mopen of Aster Group, Dr Shamsheer of VPS Group, Dr Jamil of Prime Healthcare group and there are many suck examples in the UAE.
A majority of the manpower supply either doctors or nurses comes from different parts of India. Southern Part of India leads in healthcare services here.
Q3) How do you think UAE and India’s medical sectors compare to each other?
In terms of size, UAE is USD 10 billion as compared to Indian healthcare market size of USD 194 billion. Medical tourism has grown tremendously in last decade or so in India by providing world class, yet affordable care as compared to the UAE market. Indian vaccine manufactures are playing a crucial role in ensuring the widespread availability of COVID-19 vaccine and helping many other countries including the UAE. UAE healthcare brings best of technology when it comes to medical equipment and instruments and best of world class doctors travel to perform surgeries in the region.
Q4) What do you believe is the secret of your success?
I don’t see any single secret of success. Success can be seen in different angles but yes, I always believe in giving 100% of what you do and enjoy and be focused and in “If the plan does not work, change the plan but never the goal.”
I believe only an idea is not enough unless its coupled with real conviction to execute. I also enjoy being around people and learning every-day in and out.
Q5) What advice would you give Indians who wish to be successful in the UAE?
A dream doesn’t become reality through magic, it takes sweat, determination and hard work. Also work hard to achieve your goals. Enjoy every single win and success no matter how small it is.
Q6) How do you foresee the future of Indians in UAE’s health sector?
Thirty-eight percent of the population of UAE are Indians. So Indian professionals and entrepreneurs are always welcome in the UAE. The future of Indians is always bright as many UAE chains have expanded their operations in India and vice versa ,so you will see a lot of synergies in healthcare between India and the UAE. Now with COVID-19, opportunities have even grown to Indian IT and digital professionals in the healthcare space since It’s a known fact that India produces many tech leaders in the world.