ZAGREB, Feb 24 (Hina) – Zagreb County has significantly developed its tourist trade and infrastructure, and Naftalan, a special hospital for medical rehabilitation in Ivanic Grad, plays a marked role in that.
Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli, who visited the hospital recently, praised the development of medical tourism and Naftalan for efforts to upgrade its business. Cappelli said that medical tourism was one of the three strategic goals of the further development of Croatia’s tourist trade.
This hospital in Ivanic Grad, some 40 kilometres southeast of Zagreb, is expanding its facilities through an investment project worth HRK 63.5 million (€8.5m) which includes the upgrade of the existing swimming pools and other amenities.
Naftalan, founded in 1989, successfully performs “treatments with the help of thermal saltwater and healing naftalan oil – which makes the hospital unique globally,” according to the information available on the hospital’s website.
“This mineral oil is included among natural health factors, and our experts developed a system of its use in baths – that is, naftalan therapy.”
Naftalan is the only hospital in Europe and one of the few in the world to provide treatment for skin and inflammatory rheumatic diseases using a unique natural resource – naftalan mineral oil. Naftalan is a therapeutic mineral oil that is commercially used in medicine only in Azerbaijan and Ivanic Grad.
Combined with other modern therapies, naftalan efficiently treats psoriasis and diseases of the human musculoskeletal system, says the hospital.