Health tourists head to Iran for eye and heart treatment
Iran seeks to further develop health tourism and Kermanshah Chamber of Commerce carries out activities to increase tourist flow, Head of Kermanshah Chamber of Commerce Keyvan Kashefi told Trend.
"Two fields of tourism have been launched to attract tourists from Iraq, and another plan will be implemented in Syria, if the issue of money transfer with Syria is resolved," he said.
The official has indicated that devaluation of national currency and changes in foreign currency rate have increased the number of Iraqi visitors to Iran.
"Our fields of activities include pilgrimage tourism. Kermanshah airport is located in the center of the west of the country. There are eight daily flights to Tehran and three to Mashhad, so a considerable number of pilgrims and tourists can be transported via Kermanshah," he said.
"The second field is health tourism. Three hospitals are assigned in Kermanshah for health tourism. Improving the conditions of hospitals is being followed in past two years, these hospitals have multiple specialties," he indicated.
"One hospital is under construction, which is completed by about 85 percent, and the equipment is being delivered. The hospital can treat about 60 percent of the health tourists, so Kermanshah will turn into health tourism magnet," he added.
"Our health tourism covers treatment of many types of diseases from herniated disc treatment to heart operation. However, eye operations is the most common case for health tourists," he indicated.
"We have an office in Baghdad that performs the pre-examination; then the patients who need the operation come to Iran. Apart eye and heart operations, there is high turnout for hair transplantation and cosmetic surgeries," he said.
"Currently, Imam Ali hospital in Kermanshah has the highest number of health tourists with cardiovascular diseases and has created a special department for them, while Imam Khomeini hospital is specialized in eye operations and has a special department for eye treatment," he added.