India is not just a land of culture, exceptional food and exotic weather, but it is also a land of ancient hospitality and the science of healing. Well that is not the only reason why lots of Foreigners from over 50 plus countries come flocking to India to get medical treatment out of 196 countries in the world. This 21st century’s fast developing India now has highly advanced medical facilities, skilled doctors and low-cost treatment but also traditional practices such as yoga and Ayurveda.
It was estimated that the Indian Medical tourism industry will grow by 200% and reach a mark of USD 9 Billion this year, but unfortunately the world has been hit by COVID-19. But that has not stopped India from doing its bit of medical care and attention that the world needs. Even at this time India was the only country that provided the world with the most essential medicine HCQ, and supplied it to the world. India gave it free to quite some countries and even provided a lot of other medical supplies, healthcare workers, doctors and nurses.
Other than countries like USA, India is also providing HCQ to Mauritius and Seychelles, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh Nepal, the Maldives, Mauritius, Sri Lanka and Myanmar, Zambia, Dominican Republic, Madagascar, Uganda, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali, Congo, Egypt, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Equador, Jamaica, Syria, Ukraine, Chad, Zimbabwe, France, Jordan, Kenya, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman and Peru.
As per reports India contributes to 90% of the medicines used in Africa on very very affordable prices and strives everyday to save lives.
In these times of calamity, India is extending its hand to a lot of countries for help. The United Arab Emirates has requested the Indian government to send Indian doctors and nurses to help the Emirates fight with COVID-19 pandemic, a senior government official said on Tuesday. The UAE, a Federation of Seven Emirates (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al Quwin) with a population of less than 10 million people, has already reported 11,000 COVID-19 cases and has been adding an average of 500 patients every day.
It relies heavily on foreign-educated doctors and paramedics including those from India to staff its hospitals. Some of them were on leave when governments in India and Abu Dhabi cancelled all commercial flights to stop the corona virus disease from spreading in their respective countries. UAE has requested Indian government to allow the healthcare providers who were travelling to India when commercial flights were cancelled to return to UAE to resume their duties and also requested for additional Indian doctors and nurses for a shorter duration to tide over the immediate crisis. Officials said that Abu Dhabi had offered to send a special plane for healthcare professionals employed by its hospitals.
Considering the nature of the relationship between the two countries, the first request is likely to be processed first. The request for additional doctors and paramedical staff, however, requires wider consultations within the government, the official said. The decision on the same would be made after evaluating India’s requirements at this stage, but the efforts are to find a way out to help UAE at this crucial juncture.
India has already sent a 15 members medical team with supplies to Kuwait and HCQ to Bahrain. According to South Block officials, India has put the drug supplies to UAE on a fast track as Prime Minister Narendra Modi shares a personal rapport with UAE Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Al Nahyan. These gestures should be seen in light of how the ties between India and the Gulf countries had deepened over the last five-six years. Right from the beginning of the NDA government’s first term, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his key advisers have invested good amount of diplomatic energies in improving ties with countries in West Asia, UAE, Jordan, Bahrain and Qatar – which have a cumulative of about 12 million Indians.
The personal relations started paying off within a few years when National Security Advisor Ajit Doval was able to persuade the Gulf countries to either push out anti-Indian elements or send them over to India. More recently, UAE made an exception for Indians when it started packing off foreign nationals from nearly every other country including Pakistan after the outbreak of corona virus disease. Since state government in India wasn’t geared up to accommodate the citizens abroad, the Indian government had requested to take care of them for some more time. India, on its part, had assured the Gulf countries that New Delhi would maintain uninterrupted supply of food and essentials items from India.
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