India and the Netherlands to join hands for promoting medical tourism
India and the Netherlands could join hands for promoting medical tourism in both countries. It was suggested by Shirpad Yesso Nayik, Union minister of state for Ayush, while talking in a seminar titled ‘India-Netherlands Collaboration in Healthcare, including Ayurveda, at Leiden.
“India is the world’s largest producer of generic medicine and there is tremendous potential for medical value travel to India for conventional and alternative medical treatments like Ayurveda,” said the minister.
Alternative medical streams in India, named Ayush, denotes to medical treatments other than allopathic such as Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and homeopathy.
Naik reiterated the scope of cooperation in the health sector between the two countries. “India and the Netherlands can work together to promote healthy living,” said the minister.
He said, with the large number of top class doctors in both countries and the more than 2 lakh Indian populations in the Netherlands will make it easy for promoting traditional medical treatments in Europe.
“Cooperation between India and the Netherlands in healthcare can become stronger with both countries working together to deal with the issue of antibiotic resistance,” said Bruno Brins, Dutch Minister for Medical Care and Sport.
While addressing the gathering, Venu Rajamony, the Indian Ambassadors to the Netherlands said that the biggest challenge Netherland faces is the high costs and the need for care for an ageing population. Treatment in India would be an appropriate alternative, as it is comparatively cheaper, while ensuring world class treatments.