Indian hospital educates journalists on medical tourism – Blueprint Newspapers Limited

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The Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Manipal Hospital Enterprise, India, Mr. Karthik Rajagopal said that since the easing of travel restrictions to India due to nearly zero cases of COVID-19, patients who had previous appointments are rushing to the country for specialist medical care.

He said this during a webinar in front of Nigerian journalists during a training program on Tuesday.

It should be recalled that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, medical tourism has suffered a major setback and patients have had to postpone their surgeries and other treatments due to travel restrictions.

It impacted many lives and worsened the patient’s condition, increasing the risk of morbidity and mortality associated with treatable and preventable health conditions.

Speaking to reporters, Mr. Rajagopal said, “Manipal Hospitals has always believed in the importance of making healthcare accessible to everyone. Many patients had to postpone their treatments due to the pandemic, but now that India’s COVID cases have been brought under control and international crossings are opening, we are happy to offer our services to our overseas patients.

“It is now essential to recognize that delaying emergency and routine medical care will increase the risk of worsening of underlying diseases, which can lead to mortality.

“With international borders open, we can now continue to help overseas patients whose procedures have been postponed due to the pandemic and travel restrictions.

“Nothing brings us more joy at Manipal Hospital than giving our patients a new life, and we encourage our patients not to delay their treatment or surgery.

“We are now poised to maintain the same level of trust and clinical excellence among international patients, thanks to our incredible team of physicians.”

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