Kazan Forum in Russia next month to discuss medical tourism, halal services for Islamic world

ISLAMABAD, Apr 21 (APP): An international event titled “Russia – Islamic World: KazanForum” is scheduled to be held in the capital of Tatarstan next month to discuss the development of medical tourism in Russia and the OIC, new opportunities for patients from the Islamic world as well as the provision of medical halal services.

At the Forum scheduled to be held from May 14-19, the topic of medical tourism will be particularly discussed besides halal industry, Islamic finance, the development of transport corridors, and education.

The Republic of Tatarstan launched a regional programme “Halal Tourism” with voluntary certification of sanatoriums to receive guests from Islamic countries.

At the federal level, the Roskachestvo-Halal certificate is valid on the territory of the Persian Gulf countries, a number of states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, and also in the countries of the Customs Union.

Medical tourism is developing in Russia with a remarkable increase in foreign patients from 300,000 in 2017 to 1.2 million in 2022 with a significant number of those from the OIC countries.

The top five OIC countries, whose citizens show the greatest interest in medical services in the Russian Federation inlucde Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

The most popular destinations and profiles among medical tourists are medical treatment, transplantation, dentistry, oncology, ophthalmology, neurosurgery and surgery, including cardiovascular surgery, otorhinolaryngology, obstetrics and gynaecology, urology, traumatology and orthopedics.

Such data was revealed at the KazanForum 2023 with Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko saying that ophthalmology is the most demanded service by foreign patients in Russia, including those from Arab countries.

Experts believe that the increase in the number of patients is due to the work in Russia of the federal project titled, “Development of exports of medical services” from 2019. It is noted that halal medical tourism has already appeared and is developing in the country.

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