Medical Tourism

Medical tourism to include allopathy: Kerala minister

KOCHI

Tourism minister A.P. Anilkumar has said that allopathy, in addition to Ayurveda, would be included under a programme to expand medical tourism. He said that a meeting of representatives from hospitals that have national accreditation would be convened in a month to prepare guidelines for this objective.

The minister divulged the idea after inaugurating a brainstorming session organised by Malayala Manorama to discuss possibilities and challenges for Kerala Tourism. This is the second such session that is being organised by Malayala Manorama.

Speaking at the session, the minister said that nations such as Sri Lanka were promoting Ayurveda as though it belonged to them. Since Kerala has made much progress in allopathy, possibilities to promote it as part of a medical tourism initiative are extensive, he said and added that medical tourism, as clean tourism, has wider acceptance in the state. As of now, people from Maldives are coming for treatment to India and people from other nations should also be attracted, he said.

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