VP calls for redoubling efforts to make India a prime health tourism destination

New Delhi: The Vice President, Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar today called for a collective effort and a greater public- private partnership for healthcare infrastructure expansion in the country. Noting that Indian healthcare demands are of a great scale and diversity, he called for greater collaboration between all stakeholders to achieve the “collective dream of Universal Healthcare”.

Inaugurating the FICCI’s 16th Annual Healthcare conference – FICCI HEAL 2022 with the theme, ‘Healthcare Transformation: Driving India’s Economic Growth’, the Vice President lauded the healthcare industry and the trade bodies such as FICCI for the thriving medical tourism in India.

Noting the government’s initiative in positioning India as a global hub for medical and wellness tourism through the ‘Heal in India’ initiative, Shri Dhankhar called for redoubling the efforts to utilise India’s potential to become a ‘prime health tourism destination’.

Recalling India’s experience with the COVID pandemic, the Vice President paid rich tributes to the healthcare workers and scientists for their contributions and added that India has not only vaccinated its citizens in a short period, but also exported vaccines to many nations.

The Vice President also noted that thanks to the tireless efforts of the healthcare sector, India has registered a significant decline in health indicators such as the Infant Mortality Rate since 1990 and is on course to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets.