Kerala minister says medical tourism is set to flourish in the state


Published on: Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Medical tourism will get a boost once the ongoing expansion plan for Coimbatore International Airport is completed, Health Minister Ma Subramanian said on Monday.

Speaking to reporters in the city, Subramanian said he gathered input from stakeholders on the need to increase the airport’s connectivity to international countries during a special interaction session hosted by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) that day.

“The expansion plan is in full swing with nearly 70% of the land acquisition work related to the project already completed. As the project is expected to be completed in two years, medical tourism will flourish with passengers arriving here from other countries,” he said.

During the interaction session, the Minister said that the performance of the MakkalaiThediMaruthuvam program will be reflected in the next two to three years by a decline in the number of deaths in Tamil Nadu.

Since the program was launched last year, he said up to 70.94 lakh people seeking treatment for diabetes, hypertension and palliative care have benefited from it across the state. “Tamil Nadu records five to six lakh deaths per year.

Thanks to the intervention of the volunteers under the scheme, the mortality rate will drop to three lakh deaths within two to three years,” he added.

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