JORABAT, April 3 - Guwahati is fast turning into a favourite healthcare hub for patients from Myanmar.
According to Dr Gitartha Roymedhi, a healthcare management specialist and chief operating officer at the North East Cancer Hospital and Research Institute (NECHRI), Jorabat, patients from Myanmar, particularly cancer patients, nowadays prefer the hospitals of Guwahati for quality healthcare.
Dr Roymedhi informed that last month a number of cancer patients had travelled to the city from Mandalay, Myanmar searching for better and upgraded cancer care. Many other patients from the neighbouring country are trying to contact NECHRI through email and social media.
Dr Roymedhi, who is working to promote medical tourism in the State, said that the Myanmarese Gorkha community prefer North East India as their healthcare destination. They can easily travel to Moreh in Manipur. From Moreh they do not face any problem in reaching Guwahati. They can acquire the medical visa in a short time from the Indian Embassy in Mandalay after submitting all the required documents along with the invitation letter issued by the hospital.
Dr Roymedhi further said that at least a weekly direct flight from Mandalay to Guwahati will bring the patients from Myanmar closer to their destinations in Guwahati or other parts of Assam. Many Myanmarese patients travel to countries like Malaysia and Singapore for better and quality treatment. But for the middle-class Myanmarese citizens Guwahati is turning into the best choice as they can have quality treatment and services at cheaper rates.
At Jorabat, the Nepali language is spoken by a large number of people. Since there are many Nepali employees at NECHRI, Myanmarese Gorkha patients and visitors find it convenient here during their stay as they can communicate in their mother tongue. They can speak a little bit of Hindi too.
�One patient named Sha Si Dar has been successfully treated and another patient Khaka Bahar Du is undergoing treatment. Both the patients are happy and satisfied. They are accompanied by their relatives and friends. This is promoting the tourism of our State also,� Dr Roymedhi added.
Myanmar has a large Gorkha population who have been living in that country for centuries. During the British rule in Myanmar (then Burma) and World War II, a large number of Gorkhas migrated to that country. Many of the Myanmarese Gorkhas serve in the Myanmar Army.