Jaipur: Govt to take steps to boost med tourism

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Jaipur: Taking note of patients coming from other countries to India for treatment, state government has decided to attract more patients from foreign countries and other states by formulating a separate policy on medical tourism. So aiming to give a boost to the medical tourism in the state, health department has decided to develop healthcare facilities accordingly.

“A separate medical tourism policy will be formulated in the state,” said Raghu Sharma, health minister. He said, “Under the policy, hospitals attached to medical colleges will develop superspecialty and organ transplant facilities.”

Sharma said that in three medical colleges of the state, super-speciality blocks of Rs 150 crore have already been constructed in the state. In Jaipur’s Sawai Man Singh medical college and hospital too, a super-speciality block will be constructed. Along with that a multiple organ transplant institute will also be developed at Sawai Man Singh Hospital.

At the SMS Hospital, healthcare services under urology, nephrology and gastroenterology departments will also be improved to give a boost to the kidney transplant facilities. At Ajmer’s government hospital, the health department is taking measures to develop a super-speciality block. The medical education department has already sent the proposal of a superspecialty block at Ajmer Medical College to the centre. Besides this, state cancer institute at Jaipur and other two tertiary cancer care centres in Bikaner and Jhalawar are also coming up in the state to enhance cancer treatment facilities.