Published on : Wednesday, May 16, 2018
For attracting maximum volume of medical tourists to Kerala, all ayurveda and allopathy practitioners have collaborated for a road show and exhibition in Oman in April and will be carrying on such campaigns in Saudi Arabia, UAE and a couple of African countries soon.
“Oman is the biggest market for medical tourism among Gulf countries with around 90% of the total of one lakh medical visas stamped in the country for 2017-18 having been to India. Of this, almost 60% of them come to Kerala,” said Dr S Sajikumar, chairman, CII Kerala and chief physician at Dhathri Ayurveda.
The CII Kerala sent delegation to Oman, comprising of doctors and marketing officials from 13 hospitals, carried on an outpatient service as part of the roadshow and exhibition in Muscat.
“The response was impressive and we had many walk-in patients coming for consultation. We even did a follow-up of the patients who had returned to Oman after the treatments here. The new patients were given advices on treatments and those who required surgery were suggested to either come to Kerala for the same, or arrange for it in their nearby hospitals,” said Dr Bipin Theruvil, who headed the team from Lakeshore Hospital in the delegation.
As per the doctor, every day, a minimum of 10-15 patients from Oman visiting the hospital time to time.
CII is keeping a note on the development of a sustainable medical tourism by aiming on the emerging markets of west-Asian countries like Saudi Arabia and UAE shortly, and African countries like South Africa and Nigeria immediately after.