Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kr Deb on Saturday said the state will be turned into a medical hub and his government is working on this direction.
Chief Minister Deb assured that if the plan is properly worked then Tripura will be able to generate revenue of Rs 200 crore to Rs 250 crore every year.
Deb said this while attending the 11th foundation day celebration of the Tripura Institute of Paramedical Sciences (TIPS) at Amtali.
The Chief Minister also said, “Tripura is the perfect place to lead a medical hub in the future due to its geographical atmosphere.”
“Every year, a good number of patients from Tripura go outside of the State for treatment and they spend lakhs of rupees in the name of treatment,” said the CM.
Deb also informed that not only people from the State but also patients from neighbouring Bangladesh go to Chennai or other places of India for treatment.
He said if good hospital and infrastructure can be built here, then the patients can be treated here.
The CM added, “If our State can provide similar quality health service like other hospitals outside the State, then all the patients will come to Tripura and this will boost the State’s economy.”
Focusing on the medical hub, the State government will construct hospitals under PPP (Private-Public Partnership) mode, Deb said, adding, “The government is negotiating with the international hospitals in this matter.”
Deb also informed that the State government will bring experts from outside.
“Even the government is talking with US-based companies,” Deb informed.
He said, “The costs will be less and the treatment will be cheaper. That level of service should be given by us so that patients choose to travel to Tripura and the State’s people never go outside.”
Deb also said the biggest cancer institute of the Northeast will be started in Tripura within a very short span of time.
“The biggest cancer institute is being constructed here at a cost of Rs. 160 crore where all modern equipment have come,” he added.