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require video-conferencing facility for doctors in the future. In the next 10 years, we will have better infrastructure to practise telemedicine in a more efficient way.

Traffic on the city roads is often chaotic, making it difficult even for ambulances to move. How can the situation be improved? Also, how can air ambulance services be made more efficient and affordable?

reversing, as they are keen on starting their own venture like a clinic/nursing home here.

Ambulances should be allowed in Bus Rapid Transit Systems (BRTS). The public transport system should be made more effective to regulate the traffic flow. If a good public transport facility is there, people would prefer to commute by public transport, like Metro trains, for their treatment. As far as air ambulance service is concerned, developing a helipad on large open spaces, which are in abundance in the city, will set the ball rolling for such facilities. The seat availability can be made online and patients can be airlifted to and fro. With increase in such services, the costs would become competitive.

What do you think of the present communication system in Jabalpur and how can it be made more effective?

Jabalpur has huge tourism potential. Do you think the city can be developed as a medical tourism hub?

Communication gets simplified with the use of Internet from the point of view of easy contact, which applies to the medical field as well. There is an evolving concept of telemedicine, wherein patients located in far-flung areas can access doctors from wherever they are. It is catching up fast, and will come up more vigorously in the times to come. Using an effective communication technology, even the medical reports can be verified/ approved sitting at distant places. We may also

For a city to become a medical tourism hub, state-ofthe-art medical facilities are a must. With Jabalpur going ‘smart’, such facilities can be safely expected to become a reality. Apart from that, hospitals tying up with some good travel agents to attract ‘medical tourists’ could go a long way towards developing Jabalpur as a medical tourism hub. Apart from technology, doctors and hospitals also need to be more professional. They need to maintain cleanliness/hygiene, better facilities and provide a conducive atmosphere to those visiting the city for treatment. Patients can come here, stay, get treated and go back cured. Providing such facilities would certainly become much easier in a well-developed Smart City’, which would facilitate the path for the city to transform itself as a medical tourism hub. Having said that, one needs to add that all this just can’t happen without the government’s pro-active support. Last but not the least, such conceptualisation needs a collective vision and all the citizens need to work in a focussed way to achieve the objective. Jabalpur Mayor Dr Swati Godbole, very recently observed that in our pursuit to make the city a Smart City, let’s not stop our efforts until it becomes at par with Singapore.

Students at Hitkarini Dental College & Hospital, Jabalpur

undertakings have large presence here followed by businessmen, who are present in significant numbers. But, they don’t seem to have that intent or resources at their disposal to invest in various ventures, including healthcare outlets, which has a huge growth potential in this region. But with the advent of the idea of a Smart City, the younger generation could feel inclined to contribute towards changing the healthcare scenario of the city. In not-too-far-away city of Nagpur, the younger lot has played a crucial role in strengthening the local healthcare infrastructure. We (Jabalpur Hospital & Research Centre) were the first ones to conceive of a multi-specialty hospital in Jabalpur. Initially, the doctors pursuing education outside Jabalpur did not want to come back; but of late, the trend seemed to be

DRRAJESH RAJESHBBDHIRAWANI DHIRAWANI DR We (Jabalpur Hospital & Research Centre) were the first ones to conceive of a multi-specialty hospital in Jabalpur. Initially, the doctors pursuing education outside Jabalpur did not want to come back; but of late, the trend seemed to be reversing, as they are keen on starting their own venture like a clinic/nursing home here

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