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Thailand beckons Nagaland patients

Kohima, Sept. 4: Naga patients will soon travel to Thailand for medical treatment rather than going to the cities in India.

The Legislators’ Forum on AIDS said hospitals in Thailand were less expensive than New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.

Nagaland health and family welfare minister, Kuzholuzo Nienu, who has just returned from Bangkok after meeting top health officials of Thailand, said hospitals in India were far more expensive than those in Thailand.

The Nagaland health minister was accompanied by Deputy Speaker Ralanthung Yanthan and Dr Vinito Chishi, state co-ordinator for the legislators’ forum.

Nienu said there was an exchange knowledge and skill between doctors of Thailand and Nagaland. They also discussed treatment of Nagaland patients in Thailand hospitals.

“Thailand health ministry assured us that they would explore such possibilities in the near future,” Chishi said.

He said the Nagaland team, led by Nienu, was amazed to see that hospitals in Thailand were as clean as five-star hotels.

Officials of Nagaland and Thailand also discussed and shared technical expertise. Apart from health issues, they deliberated on cross-border trade between Thailand and Nagaland through Myanmar.

“The willingness for such a possibility was expressed, depending on good co-operation and co-ordination among the neighbouring countries,” the minister said.

Nienu also discussed the success of condom promotion in Thailand and co-ordination among NGOs, law enforcing agencies, top-level administration and health care system.

Availability of condom vending machines to facilitate easy access to the people at a minimum controlled rate was one of the topics discussed.

“The health ministry of Thailand has donated a condom vending machine for trial in Nagaland,” Chishi said.

The Thailand government also promised assistance to enhance the facility in future once people have learnt to access it and understand the utility of the machine.

In the last couple of years, Thailand has shown keen interest to invest in Nagaland. It has been participating in events like Hornbill festival. Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, has also become the primary destination for Nagas in terms of business and leisure.