Gujarat has become a medical tourism destination: minister

Rushikesh Patel

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Ahmedabad–Gujarat Health Minister Rushikesh Patel said on Wednesday that his state has become a medical tourism destination, adding that Gujarat’s health service model has become an inspiration to other states in the country.

Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Patel said that for the first time Gujarat was going to hold a three-day ‘Swasthya Chintan Shivir’.

He said the government was organizing the national level health camp in Kevadia from May 5-7. Ministers of health and secretaries of health from all states and union territories in the country will participate in the three-day program.

He further stated that this ‘Swasthya Chintan Shivir’ was organized under the leadership of Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya.

“We will discuss and prepare a roadmap to build a healthy India,” Patel said.

The three-day event would be hosted at the Statue of Unity – Ektanagar, Kevadia by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Government of Gujarat.

Patel said that on the first day of ‘Swasthya Chintan Shivir’, after the registration, reception and introduction ceremony, the best work done in health in each state will be discussed and reviewed. In the evening, cultural programs will take place.

The second day of the camp will discuss ‘Healthy States – Healthy Nation Cooperation and Coordination’ in detail. The second session will focus on “affordable and accessible health care for all” and will also discuss the best performance of health services in the states.

The first thematic session of the closing day of the ‘Swasthya Chintan Shivir’ will focus on the theme of India’s preparedness for future health emergencies and a new theme, Heal India and Heal by India. (IANS)

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