India among 'high risk' countries for business travellers
India is reportedly one of the high-risk countries for business travelers, a new study has revealed.
World's leading medical and travel security risk services company, International SOS, in its medical case data from 2013, showed that its members were working and living in increasingly risky locations.
It was found that 50 percent of cases in Asia and the Middle East were in 'high' risk countries with assistance most commonly required in Indonesia, India, China and Vietnam.
With a growing number of business travelers and expatriates sent to countries with higher medical risk, there is a need to consider planning and preparing is felt.
International SOS Medical Director - Assistance, Dr. Samir Dwivedi said that the message was clear- if you haven't thought about preparing your travellers and don't already have programmes in place to do so, the time to act is now.
The data from approximately 600,000 medical cases in 2013 revealed that over 40 percent of medical cases occurred in countries classed as 'high' or 'extreme' risk, a sharp increase from less than 25 percent in 2010.
It was also found that heart disease ranked number 5 for men, but it wasn't in the top ten for women.
11 percent of medical cases in extreme countries were due to cardiovascular disease, while another 11 percent were due to infectious illnesses including malaria and dengue fever.
Many of these cases could be prevented through pre-deployment programmes such as screening for heart disease, or education on preventing mosquito-borne infections.
In medical terms Europe remained a largely low risk continent, while medical cases by risk category in the Americas were generally at similar levels to 2010.
(Posted on 25-02-2014)