Kochi: Medi BizTV, said to be the world's first 24-hour health care television channel, was launched here on Saturday.
The channel will be available in 130 countries across Asia, Africa, Australia and Europe. It is being uplinked through the APSTAR-7 satellite.
Sohan Roy, a marine engineer by profession who directed the movie "DAM 999" which was selected for the 54th Academy Awards, is behind the project.
Medi BizTV is being promoted by the BizTV network, which also owns the world's first maritime channel - Marine Biz TV.
Roy said some of the programmes in the new channel will be on motivational and spiritual aspects of life, lifestyle diseases, healthy eating habits, fitness, baby care and yoga besides a medical news bulletin.