India has potential to become medical tourism hub

Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has said that India has the potential to become a medical tourism hub and the Narendra Modi Government has taken several measures including making the health services affordable and accessible to all.

Inaugurating a medical camp in suburban Bandra in Mumbai, Mr. Naqvi said the measures taken by the Narendra Modi government have ensured that the quality medical services are available at affordable price to the poor.

Mr. Naqvi, who is the Minister of Minority Affairs in the union government, said the BJP-led dispensation has been working on priority basis to strengthen medical services and has allocated in the Budget thousands of crore rupees to the public health sector.

He added that in a revolutionary step to provide affordable, quality heart-related healthcare for all, the Centre on February 13 issued a notification fixing the ceiling the prices of coronary stents which would bring down its cost by about 380 per cent.

He said the new ceiling prices will promote `Make in India’ initiative in a big way. Seeing the large number of patients and future requirement, foreign companies will also try to make stents in India to cut costs and remain competitive.

Mr. Naqvi said the Modi Government has been working on war footing to provide better health services in the rural areas as well. He asked the medical professionals to take their job as a mission saying that Commercial interest alone should not dominate this mission to provide affordable and accessible health facilities for all.

Terming the large resource of talented doctors and medical professionals as a matter of pride for India, Mr. Naqvi said support is needed of these dedicated medical professionals to make the country’s health services affordable and accessible.

Mr. Naqvi pointed out by saying given the Government’s focus on the health sector and availability of a vast pool of professionals, India has the potential to become a “medical tourism hub”.

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