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India fast becoming global medical tourism hub

In a recent episode of the program Spotlight on Akashvani, the focus was on the remarkable transformation taking place in India’s healthcare sector. The discussion featured Dr Raman Gangakhedkar, Former Head Scientist at the Indian Council of Medical Research, and Omwesh Upadhyay, Akashvani Correspondent. The conversation shed light on the significant progress made in healthcare, India’s mission to become a medical hub, and the initiatives driving this transformation.

Dr Gangakhedkar highlighted India’s remarkable efforts in combating tuberculosis (TB). He emphasized that India set an ambitious goal to eliminate TB by 2025, five years ahead of the global deadline set by the World Health Organization. The government’s strong leadership and increased budgetary allocation for TB control have paved the way for improved diagnostics and better treatment outcomes, including drug-resistant tuberculosis. The introduction of the Ni-kshay software, which tracks patient records and treatment progress, has played a pivotal role in effective monitoring and control of the disease.

The discussion further delved into the government’s initiatives to ensure accessible healthcare for all. The Ayushman Bharat Program, with its provision of a five-lakh rupee insurance cover and the option for treatment in both government and private hospitals, has empowered citizens and strengthened their belief that healthcare is their fundamental right. This program, coupled with the government’s focus on developing digital healthcare infrastructure, such as the Abha Number, Unique Health ID, and E-Sanjivani portals, under the National Digital Health Mission, has brought about a positive change. These digital platforms enable seamless access to medical records, facilitate remote healthcare consultations, and improve the overall quality of care.

The discussion also explored the potential of medical tourism in India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his commitment to making India a global destination for medical tourism. With its world-class healthcare professionals, affordable treatment costs, and rapidly developing healthcare infrastructure, India has already seen a significant influx of patients from around the world. The reputation gained from providing high-quality healthcare services has contributed to India’s soft power, earning goodwill globally.

The conversation concluded with a focus on the government’s vision to reach the unreached. Through the establishment of AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) in tier 1 cities and the expansion of healthcare infrastructure in tier 2, and tier 3 cities, and even block and gram panchayat levels, the government aims to ensure that healthcare services are accessible to all. Dr Gangakhedkar expressed optimism about the progress made in extending healthcare services to remote areas, including the use of telemedicine and the establishment of Health and Wellness Clinics. He emphasized the need for community mobilization and increased awareness to fully utilize these provisions and promote a healthy and prosperous society.

India’s healthcare sector is experiencing a remarkable transformation, driven by strong leadership, innovative initiatives, and a commitment to providing quality healthcare for all. With its focus on eradicating diseases, ensuring universal healthcare access, and leveraging digital technologies, India is positioning itself as a global leader in the field of healthcare. The nation’s progress in the sector is not only measured in terms of revenue and employment but also in the invaluable impact it has on the lives of its citizens and its growing reputation as a destination for medical tourism. News On AIR

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