Manipur Medical tourism impaired by visa hurdles

Published on : Monday, October 30, 2017

indexIn the last two decades, Kh Palin did all right to make insurgency-hit Manipur into a major medical tourist hub. Two years back, the Shija Hospitals with 200-bed capacity, questionably the best with such amenities in Imphal, was overburdened with patients seeking super-speciality care from the neighboring Myanmar.


At present, the inflow is bit on a declining side due to poor accessibility of medical VISA offered to the patients from the Myanmarese States like Sagaing, Chin and others —interested to enter the Moreh(India)-Tamu(Myanmar) land border.


The “hassle” is new. Myanmar and India pursue a practice of permitting the residents close to the border region to move 16 kms into each other’s territory. In bygone days, the Congress government, both at the Centre and the State — had decided to create an unofficial exemption to the said rule, by permitting patients to traverse 110 kms to Imphal.


Manipur saw a good amount of investment in terms of the healthcare facility in the last few decades. The former Okram Ibobi Singh-government built a new medical college. Furthermore, private hospitals like Raj Medicity and Mother’s Care Children Hospital in Imphal, Jivan Hospital at Kakching came up in recent times.


Everybody anticipated that the Act East Policy of the Central government and regional connectivity focus to boost the inflow of medical tourists. However, just the opposite happened as the Centre scrapped the relaxation.


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