Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh said that the Government is planning to introduce a health insurance scheme to provide financial assistance to those who cannot afford medical treatment. He was speaking at the North East Healthcare Conference “Building Ecosystem for Quality Healthcare Delivery”,   organised by Confederation of Indian Industry held today at City Convention Centre, Imphal.

Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Chief Minister said that such conference would definitely give a boost in improving healthcare infrastructure and open up medical tourism in the region. Shri N. Biren Singh said that Air mobile healthcare facilities would be made available soon in Manipur. He further stressed that the State government has 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. Regional air connectivity would be there soon, he added. He 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.

Claiming that India is being transformed under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Shri N. Biren Singh mentioned that the Central government gave its nod for the establishment of a 100-bedded Cancer Hospital and 60-bedded Mental Hospital in the State.

Highlighting some of the recently taken initiatives in healthcare sector, Chief Minister said that various drugs items are made available at subsidized rates in 26 State-run hospitals and 57 notified medical tests would be done free of cost in RIMS, JNIMS, seven district hospitals, 17 community health centres, 85 primary health centres and nine urban primary health centres. He further said that the present Government is committed to providing better healthcare services in the State and almost all the diagnosis would be made free of cost soon.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Shri L. Jayantakumar Singh said that access to public healthcare sector had significantly changed and its services should be affordable to all. Highlighting the limited private healthcare sector and the shortage of doctors, paramedics and well-trained health workers in the State, he stressed that there is an urgent need to infuse investment in healthcare sectors including Primary Health Centres to District Hospitals. He further said that Manipur has the potential to enhance medical tourism and delivering quality healthcare services to the people.

Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Dr. J. Suresh Babu, Commissioner (Health) Shri Sumant Singh, Former Director, AIIMS, Dr. R.C. Deka, Chairman, Eastern region Healthcare Sub Committee, Shri Sanjay Prasad, Co-Chairman, Managing Director, Kauvery Hospital, Shri Rupak Barua, medical professionals attended the function.

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