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Goa looks at medical tourism to boost footfalls

Thursday, Apr 21, 2016,15:47 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Panaji | After beaches and hinterland, Goa government is now looking at promoting medical tourism, encashing on the state-of-the-art healthcare facilities in the state.

Medical tourism is an upcomingtourism segment as several super specialty medical facilitiesare being opened up in the state both by thegovernment and private sector, Director of Tourism Sanjiv Gauns Dessai said.

World-class medical facilities, trained professionals and top quality infrastructure  all this makes Goa the place for medical tourism. The modern medical institutions set up in Goa regularly promote medical tourism and wellness packages.

Even the government-run Goa Medical College, offers specialised treatments that attracts patients from all over the world, he added.

According to Dessai thegovernment ensures that top-class medical facilitiesand doctors arebrought to the state and all credentialsareverifiedandexaminedbeforeany institutionopens up formedical treatments to tourists or general public.

The director said the department has now laid special focus on this segment, which has the potential to increase the footfalls by considerable numbers. Goa’s health sector has been keeping pace with scientific advances to meet the needs of international tourists.

The ambitious healthcare programme identifies hospitals that provide modern facilities and in-patient care and service at par with international standards, he said. The officer also said the state is poised to become wellness destination.

One can now choose from many healthcare packages such as dentistry, cardiac care, cosmetic surgery, yoga, complete body heath profile, women’s health plan, cancer profile, ayurvedic, homeopathic and others, he added.

While the state has been attracting investment in the medical tourism sector, Malaysia’s alternative healthcare centre Chadsha Tri Health is the latest entrant. Goa offers certain lifestyle to its inhabitants and travellers.

That makes this place the best choice for medical tourism destination and for the investors like us to put in their resources, said Benjamin Patrick, Founder and Managing Director, Chadsha Tri Health which has recently opened its facility in the state.