Skilled workforce to be prime drivers of healthcare sector in NE

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Guwahati, Nov 16: “Assam government is going to treat cancer at doorstep soon. With a massive 2000 crore project in PPP mode the government has tied up with TATA Trust to provide the cancer care facilities in the state,”  state commissioner and secretary (health and family welfare) Anurag Goel addressing the “North East Healthcare Conclave: Building Ecosystem and Leveraging Opportunities” organised by confederation of Indian Industries (CII-North East) here Friday.

Goel appraised about the various initiatives taken by the state government for the overall development of the healthcare sector in the state. He emphasised the need of developing quality workforce for a sustainable growth in the healthcare sector.

In his address, Shija Hospitals & Research Centre managing director Dr KH Palin said that the Northeast being a biodiversity hotspot offers immense opportunities to promote the region as a destination for alternative medicine. However, we need to emphasise on a focused plan to make North East the global health care destination.

Speaking on the occasion, Apollo Hospitals CEO Dr Sudhakar Manav highlighted the various aspects that require improvement as well as government interventions in creating the base for building the foundation. He stressed upon skilled manpower, including IT, soft skill etc. Further he also highlighted the investment opportunities available in the affordable healthcare, drugs & devices, medical value chain, medi-tourism etc.

The Conclave witnessed eminent speakers from NEIGRIHM, Woodland Hospital, Pratiksha Hospital, Sankara Nethralaya, Shija Hospitals, Narayan Healthcare Super Speciality Hospital, Assam Cancer Care Foundation, Downtown Hospitals, GNRC Limited, Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Medical College & Hospital deliberated on the issue.

Earlier co-chairman of CII North East, Abhijit Barooah, said that the physical infrastructure for healthcare services available in the region is highly skewed and unevenly distributed and emphasised on the need of well-trained health workers in terms of specialized doctors, and skilled paramedics.

 

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