India is rapidly becoming the center of medical tourism: President Ram Nath Kovind

President Ram Nath Kovind said on Saturday India offers the most affordable medical facilities in the world and people from abroad, especially from neighboring countries, are visiting the country’s hospitals for the health services.

He also said that India is fast becoming a center for medical tourism.

“India has the cheapest medical facilities in the world and in the hospitals, especially in Delhi, people from neighboring countries are treated more often than local patients,” Kovind said here after the opening of “Arogya Manthan,” a conference on the theme of “One Nation , a health system”.

Referring to the coronavirus pandemic, Kovind said an invisible disease swept the country two and a half years ago.

“Only one or two percent of people were unaffected,” he said.

He commended the country’s scientists and doctors for their efforts to develop a vaccine that saves lives.

“A hundred years ago, when a pandemic broke out, it killed millions of people in one fell swoop. But the situation has now changed with the development of vaccines,” added the President.

He said that during his recent visit to Jamaica and St. Vincent, he attended eight events where the leaders of those countries praised India for providing them with COVID-19 vaccines in their hour of need.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent 50,000 doses of Covishield vaccine each to Jamaica and St. Vincent free of charge. The leaders of both countries never tired of praising India for its humanitarian gesture,” he said.

President Kovind said while he is focused on improving bilateral ties between India and the countries he visits, leaders there are more interested in learning more about India’s medical facilities.

“India is fast becoming a center of medical tourism where health facilities and institutional treatment are readily available,” he said.

Kovind praised Arogya Bharti, which was set up in Kerala to provide health services, and said his team is active in 85 percent of the country’s districts.

The President also commended the government for its move to introduce “One Nation – One Health System”.

Madhya Pradesh Governor Mangubhai Patel and Prime Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also spoke about the programme.

(Only the headline and image of this report may have been edited by the staff at Business Standard; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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