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City opens up to medical tourism

Mangaluru: Dakshina Kannada district is slowly opening up to medical tourism and the increasing choice of patients from around the globe serve a sworn statement to this.
In the closing three years, as many as 240 foreigners have availed remedy in three outstanding hospitals within the city. Of those, 50% patients arrived in Mangaluru in 2018-19.

KMC Hospitals, AJ Hospital and Yenepoya Specialty Hospital have observed the utmost choice of patients from international countries, including those from the US.

According to medical doctors, patients from international countries consider Mangaluru simplest subsequent to Bengaluru and Chennai with getting quality remedy. While the town is yet to carve its area of interest within the West due to lack of exposure, affordability and hospitality is what is these days riding patients from the Gulf and Africa to this coastal city. Use of ultramodern era is one more reason, as the patients say they are satisfied with the quality of service and remedy.

Currently, the highest inflow of international patients into Mangaluru is from the Gulf countries. Patients have additionally been arriving in increasing numbers from England, Belgium, Denmark, France and Kenya, among different countries.

KMC Hospitals, Mangaluru, treated a total 10 foreigners 2016-17, 16 patients in 2017-18 and eight in 2018-19. AJ Hospital treated 10 international patients in 2016-17, 55 patients in 2017-18 and 73 in 2018-19. At Yenepoya Specialty Hospital, 68 foreigners have availed remedy within the closing three monetary years, with as many as 40 arriving here within the closing monetary yr. The medical institution has observed the highest choice of patients from the Gulf countries, basically Oman.

Father Muller Charitable Institutions and Unity Hospital, too, have treated a few international patients within the closing couple of years.

“Friendly medical doctors, supportive body of workers, cutting-edge era, cutting-edge equipment, easy accessibility due to presence of a world airport here, and most significantly, the spirit of ‘athithi devo bhava’ (the guest is like God) are the explanation why there's a boom in medical tourism in Mangaluru. This number is more likely to build up, supplied we keep giving quality remedy,” stated cardiologist Dr Padmanabah Kamath.

Dr Sachidananda Rai, president, IMA, Mangaluru, stated patients from the Gulf area and African countries had taken a liking to getting medical remedy in Mangaluru, and that the town was slowly opening up to Westerners for medical tourism.

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