Indian Medical Association president Vimala Prasad said a new medical practice has been set up to treat patients with dry skin patches.

Dr Prasads remarks come a day after the Indian government announced that patients with vaginal skin patches will soon be able to have their skin graft surgery performed in India.

The government said on Monday that it would cover the cost of the procedure in two to three days.

India has a population of 1.3 billion people, including some 830 million people with dry or sensitive skin.

While there is no official data on how many people in India have dry skin, a survey conducted by India’s health ministry in 2017 found that about 20 per cent of women in India had dry skin.

The Indian government had initially proposed allowing the procedure only to patients with severe conditions, but that proposal was withdrawn in October.

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