The initial steps in this direction will see the launch of an Indo-UAE Health Cooperation Programme that will begin with a two-day event in Dubai from today.
Dubai — With the new generation of Emiratis and others in the region increasingly preferring the West for medical tourism, India is trying to regain its position as a major destination for medical travellers from here.
The Indian government has come up with new strategies to build better cooperation in the health sector with the GCC countries. The initial steps in this direction will see the launch of an Indo-UAE Health Cooperation Programme that will begin with a two-day event in Dubai from today. It aims to develop strategic partnership in the medical and holistic healthcare sector between India and the UAE.
Announcing the details of the programme, which will see its Oman leg next week, officials at the Indian Consulate in Dubai said efforts are on to open new chapters in India’s relations with the region in the health sector.
The Consulate last year issued 700 medical visas to India, marking a significant drop in the numbers from the previous years, said Consul for Commerce, Press & Information Anita Nandhini.
She said the reason could be the preference given to Western countries by the newer generation of Emiratis when it comes to medical tourism.
“The older generation used to visit India for medical treatment while the new generation is flying out to the West. It could be because they are better aware of the facilities there. But the fact is even in the US and other countries there are a lot of Indian doctors.”
She said the Indian authorities are trying to revive the tradition. “We are also trying to complement the way Dubai itself is trying to attract medical travelers, by offering treatment in Ayurveda and other complementary medicine streams. Indian healthcare groups are also keen on increasing their presence here by investing here.”
Organised by the Indian Ministry of Tourism in association with the Consulate and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry, the event is supported by the Dubai Health Authority, Dubai Healthcare City and Indian Business and Professional Council.
It will include an exhibition and a continuing medical education (CME) conference.
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