Amritsar, February 16
Those associated with the medical profession want political parties and leaders to focus on shaping policy to harness its huge potential in the holy city and help it become a hub for medical tourism.
A leading oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr MS Dewan, said neither the political parties nor the candidates have made it part of their manifestos and roadmap for the futuristic development of the city.
State-of-the-art healthcare infrastructure
- The city has state-of-the-art medical infrastructure, multi-specialty hospitals, a skilled workforce and a vibrant hospitality sector.
- The infrastructure is available in the form of international airport, four-lane road connectivity to Pakistan through joint Attari-Wagah checkpoint, international bus station and others
With its state-of-the-art healthcare infrastructure, multi-specialty hospitals, skilled workforce coupled with its vibrant hospitality sector, the Holy City is proving to be an ideal destination to become a center for medical tourism.
Superb infrastructure is available in the form of international airport, four-lane road connectivity to Pakistan via Attari-Wagah joint checkpoint, international bus station and others and it is complemented by a large number of luxury hotels , low and medium budget.
“Now we need to lobby the Union government to introduce more direct international flights from Central Asian and CIS countries such as Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and countries to the city. This will help tap into the city’s huge potential to become a medical tourism hub.
Another medical professional, Dr Charu, said a very positive aspect was that the city was already receiving NRI medical tourists from the US, UK and Australia, in addition to patients from neighboring states. Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. This she attributed to the strong presence of a battery of multi-specialty and super-specialty hospitals equipped with advanced treatment facilities for eye surgery, cardiology, IVF, dental surgery, replacement of hip and knee.
Medical tourism here is also supported by a strong presence from medical schools to nursing schools, pharmacy schools and research institutes. So it can certainly work as a catalyst for the economic transformation of the city, she added. She recalled that Navjot Singh Sidhu as a BJP MP once announced that he would raise the matter with the Ministry of External Affairs to provide priority medical visas to Pakistani patients to travel to Amritsar for treatment. , because it would allow them not only a quality cure but also an economical one.
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