Kerala pavilion at Health Expo draws crowds

MUSCAT, SEPT 25 – With more than 20 hospitals, specialists, and medical service providers making the largest number of exhibitors from a single state, Kerala pavilion at the 8th Oman Health Expo being held at the Oman Exhibition and Convention Centre is attracting large visitors.
The Kerala’s nature-themed pavilion located at Concourse Hall 2 was opened by Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al Saeedi, Minister of Health, in the presence of Alok Azad, Joint Director of Arab Desk, FICCI, Rakesh Adlakha DCM, Indian Mission and Mary Jones, Deputy General-Manager, Marketing of Junction K offers various services with included consultation facilities made through prior appointments online, through the special website created and promoted for the same.
“We are here for the first time under one umbrella, with an increase number of participants from across the state”, Mary Jones, DGM and Chief Coordinator of the medical and healthcare facilities from Kerala told the Observer.
A varied number of reasons aid Kerala in being a priority medical tourism destination. The equable climate, natural abundance of forests and the cool monsoon season of Kerala are best suited for curative and restorative packages. The beautiful state also boasts of not only the nation’s best health care indices but also of 26 internationally accredited hospitals of which most are JCI and NABH accredited offering uncompromised quality of care.
“For medical value travel, flight connectivity across countries forms an essential factor. Kerala enjoys a strategic placement on the Indian map offering seamless connectivity through the Middle East and Far East. International airports at Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Khozhikode allow visitors to fly to any part of Kerala in less than three hours”, Alok Azad, Joint Director of Arab Desk — FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce).
The state which is on the path of recovering after the recent floods thrashed the mid and southern parts, Kerala tops the indices for India’s lowest infant mortality and highest life expectancy rates. With a 100 per cent literacy rate, Kerala has the highest Physical Quality of Life Index in India and is the only Indian state with macro health indicators on par with OECD countries.
With a year-round pleasant climate, Kerala provides the perfect natural setting for Ayurveda’s healing touch. Kerala’s tropical forests are home to over 900 different Ayurvedic herbs and medicinal plants and Agasthyakoodam, a peak in the southern part, nurtures some of the rarest varieties — most of them endemic to the region. In Kerala, Ayurveda, is not just a healthcare system but it is a part and parcel of every aspect of life, in Kerala.
Medical visas are being provided to those seeking treatment in Kerala. As the rates are standardised for International patients, they vary considerably from those for domestic patients,MVT functions are a major source of revenue for hospitals in the state.

KABEER YOUSUF