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Phuket plans ambitious project to emerge as international medical hub

Jun 19. 2020
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By The Nation

Phuket has proposed an international medical services project on 140 rai (224,000 square metres) of land to make the province a medical hub.

A Phuket official suggested on Thursday that "developing an international medical and public health services centre would ensure safety and value-added tourism". The proposed project will tap state property besides the Tha Chat Chai Police Station in Thalang district for a total of around 140 rai, some 16-17 kilometres from the airport.

The idea was conceived due to the Covid-19 outbreak which has severely damaged tourism. Locals are seeing hardly any recovery even after the government has lifted all strict measures, as tourists will practise social distancing until a vaccine is found.

Officials believe that this project will help Phuket have a strong appeal in the long-term.

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