Chennai waiting for Bangladeshi patients

Mayawati Mrinmayee, Contributing Correspondent,
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With the launch of the direct air link between Bangladesh and Chennai in India under the 'Air Bubble' about five months later, the vitality of patients and healthcare institutions has returned. Chennai, known as the 'Health City' of India, is waiting for Bangladeshi patients.

According to statistics, 85% of foreign patients coming to India choose Chennai for treatment. And the lion's share of these foreign patients are Bangladeshis. Crowds of Bangladeshi patients in Chennai hospitals have become a familiar image.

Chennai is a pioneer in modern medicine and healthcare in India. The first modern medical system in the subcontinent was introduced at Fort St. George in Chennai. Along with the English, the Portuguese and the French also played a special role in laying the foundations of the present medical structure.

Modern medicine was extended to Mumbai, Calcutta and Delhi long after Chennai. The leading city of Chennai has the largest number of super special, specialized hospitals in India, most of which are run by charitable, missionary and corporate authorities. The total number of beds in all hospitals in Chennai is about 16,000, which is 40% of the whole of India. In addition, Chennai is a pioneer in the field of advanced treatment and transplantation of Kidney, Liver, Heart and Lung. Chennai is also considered to be the best in India in terms of skilled doctors and latest technology.

Although Chennai has a reputation for providing services to international patients, in some cases, brokers have been accused of violence. In addition, patients are wasting money and time due to delays and other reasons. The top hospitals in Chennai are working to bring transparency and reduce complexity in these cases. When contacted, several hospital authorities informed about this.

The hospitals said that measures are being taken to expedite the treatment, check-up, health scanning and emergency operations and examinations of post-cavid complications in Bangladesh patients in accordance with the Covid protocol. Necessary steps are also being taken to find out from the concerned people about the difficulties and problems faced by the patients of Bangladesh who are willing to seek treatment in Chennai.In addition, we are actively considering working closely with the mainstream media in Bangladesh to protect patients interest from the clutches of brokers, touts and unscrupulous organizations. We want to work together to ensure better medical care at affordable costs.