Brain drain is being reversed

Chennai, Oct 30 | Updated: Oct 31 2005, 06:35am hrs
India is now witnessing a reversal of brain drain and hundreds of doctors who went abroad to gain experience and earn more money, are now returning home, health minister Anbumani Ramadoss said here on Sunday.

Ten years ago, patients from India, including politicians, would go to countries like US, UK, Australia and Canada for treatment. Today the reverse trend is taking place and patients from many countries are coming to India for specialised treatment, he said, dedicating the Rs 40 crore lifeline multi-speciality hospital which has come up at Perungudi.

Dr Ramados said several Indian hospitals today had been graded and classified as the best in the world. Some hospitals in India are even better than those in the US.

Pointing out that the future was stem cell research, he said the Centre was trying to propagate it more vigorously.

In this connection, he asked Dr JS Rajkumar, a gastro surgeon and chairman of the Rigid Group of hospitals, which has put up this multi-speciality unit, to concentrate on stem cell research. Already, the government has tied up with many hospitals in San Franciso, London and Korea in updating this technology, he added.