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Mnp to be transformed in healthcare, medical tourism hub, says Biren Singh

Correspondent IMPHAL, Jun 16
Published on 17 Jun. 2017 12:16 AM IST
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Chief minister N Biren Singh Friday said that the new government was working on a plan to transform Manipur into a thriving healthcare and medical tourism hub.
Addressing the inaugural session of the North East Healthcare Conference organized by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in Imphal’s City Convention Centre, Singh asserted the state has the potential of converting into a hub of healthcare and medical tourism. The chief minister said that with Myanmar sitting across the border, Manipur’s geographical advantage is enormous, and it is about time the advantage was translated into economic growth, job creation and social prosperity.
“Not only Myanmar, Manipur is well positioned to cater to other Northeastern states as well in terms of improved healthcare services, he added.
The new government had already talked with the Central government to make travel from Myanmar to Manipur easier, he said.  State government had already approached the Union external affairs ministry to introduce visa on arrival facility for foreign nationals, citizens of Myanmar in particular, so that it can enhance medical tourism in the state, said the chief minister.
While asserting that such conference would definitely give a boost in improving healthcare infrastructure and open up medical tourism in the region, Singh said that regional air connectivity would be there in the region soon. 
He, therefore, urged the investors across the country to coordinate and exchange ideas with the local entrepreneurs and doctors to boost not only medical tourism but also other sectors of the state.
A number of chief executive officers (CEOs) and chief managing directors (CMDs) of leading healthcare providers such as Narayana Health, Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences, AMRI, Medica Super Speciality Hospital, Mission of Mercy Hospital & Research Centre, Vinayaka Mission Super Speciality Hospital, Care Hospitals, Dr Agarwal’s Eye Clinic, and Charnock Hospital are participating in the conference organized under the theme “Building Ecosystem for Quality Healthcare Delivery”.
Dr R C Deka, Chairman, Confederation of Indian Industry North East Healthcare Committee and former director of AIIMS stressed the need for creating a robust and vibrant eco-system and developing a roadmap. 
“It is time for us all – the government, industry and society at large – to work shoulder to shoulder to create a model which will enable us to get the best-in-class and affordable healthcare,” he said. 
The conference was organized under the theme “Building Ecosystem for Quality Healthcare Delivery”.

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