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The India Medical Tourism Destination Conference, which was held at the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry, saw the participation of more than 30 prominent healthcare providers from India.
The event was held under the aegis of Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) in association with the Embassy of India, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and World Wide Business House.
At the inaugural ceremony, Lt Col. (retd) Vivekanand Kodikal, regional director (trade and fairs) of FICCI, commented, “In India, the medical tourism market is estimated at approximately $2billion by 2012 and it is growing at around 25-30 per cent per annum.

“The sector is expected to double by 2017. The healthcare industry is steadily facilitating a revolution to enable India to emerge as a health destination and to fulfill the needs of a million medical tourists by establishing India’s status as a leading health hub.”
“We have one of the best technology to support the healthcare system — availability of contemporary cutting edge technology; dual source CT scanners; 320 slice CT scanners; 3 Tesla MRI machines; obotics for minimal access surgeries; hybrid operation theatres; intra-operative CT/MRI scanners; high precision radiation therapy equipment and cyber knife.”

On the availability of talent, Kodikal said, “Highly trained medical personnel with 95 per cent trained in tertiary care in internationally renowned medical facilities are available.
“Return of medical personnel trained in the US, the UK and Australia to India and focus on skill enhancement as an ongoing training measure act to our India’s benefit.”

S. Srinivasa Babu, first secretary at the Indian Embassy in Muscat, said that the Embassy of India has been actively promoting India as a medical tourism destination.
“We had organised Incredible India show focusing on medical tourism in 2009 and also Indo-Oman business seminars highlighting medical tourism.
“About 1,000 Omani patients had obtained medical tourism visas for treatment in India,” he informed.

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