S.S. Kavitha

Madurai: The Vadamalayan Hospitals of Madurai has coupled medical treatment with tourism especially for those who hail from the north-east,such as Midnapore, Bharampur, Kolkatta and Malda of West Bengal and Sikkim.

The hospital launched its 'North East Indian Medical Tour to Madurai' in September with two patients. Now, at the end of December, the number has risen to 55.

Under this tourism-medical package, the hospital has opened four information centres in the North East. It picks up patients at the railway station and puts them at the guesthouse of the hospital where those accompanying the patients can stay free of cost.

Provisions and Bengali type of utensils are provided to them so that they can prepare their own food.

Will there not be a language problem? No, says the co-ordinators appointed by the hospitals to help in the doctor-patient communication.

After the treatment, the hospital, if patients are willing, arranges transport and other facilities to tour Rameswaram, Kanyakumari and Kodaikanal.

Arrangement in Maldives

The hospital, which has made similar arrangements in Maldives, has planned to conduct super speciality medical camps in the North East.