India features in the list of the preferred medical tourism destinations for Omanis, informed the Ambassador of India in Oman. He furthered that in comparison to 2013, there has a hike of 57.6 percent in the number of Visas that were issued for India from Oman in 2014.
J S Mukul, the Indian ambassador to the Sultanate said, “For the last two years, we have been witnessing a growth in the number of visas issued to India from Oman. In 2013, 59,033 patients travelled to India for treatment while in 2014 it was 81,822. This is an increase of 57.6 per cent.”
He informed about the same at a press conference that was organized to make an announcement for the Indian Medical Tourism Destination (IMTD) Exhibition, on 12th and 13th April, 2015. The expo will be organized at the Hotel Crowne Plaza in Muscat and will be a joint endeavor of the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce (FICCI), Embassy of India and Oman Medical Association (OMA) and the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI). Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Sa’eedi, Minister of Health will be inaugurating this exhibition and 25 top hospitals and healthcare institutions from India will be a part of it.
The expo will be providing a platform for a discussion on Continuing Medical Education (CME) – ‘India – A Destination for Medical Tourism’. There will be discussion on different medical topics amongst 300 medical professionals. There is an expectation that through this conference a network for the exchange of services as well as development of the new visualization for the future of the growing medical relations between Middle East and India would be done.
Mukul further informed, “The IMTD program is to be seen in the full context comprising three elements: the overall excellent India-Oman bilateral relationship, the visit of the Minister of Commerce and Industry as the head of a strong Omani delegation in the Joint Commission Meeting and Joint Business Council Meeting in New Delhi on October 2014, and the year 2015 being the diamond jubilee of the Oman-India relationship established 60 years ago.”
Redha bin Juma Al Saleh, Vice Chairman of OCCI for Administration and Finance Affairs told that the expo is not only going to be about modern medicine but will also include natural and herbal treatments and skills. Medicity or ‘The International Medical City’ that is coming up in Oman, is also going to assist the medical institutes of India in exploring various possibilities in the field of healthcare.