Relief For Locals As Indian Doctors Plan Zim Base

Wednesday, 01 March 2017  Radio VOP

HARARE – Zimbabwean who continue to travel to India to access more advanced and cheaper medical care will soon start enjoying the services free of any hussles after doctors from the populous Asian country have planned to come and offer the services locally.

This was revealed to the media by Speaker of national assembly Jacob Mudenda on Tuesday after Indian ambassador to Zimbabwe, Rungsung Masakui had paid a courtesy call on him.

“India is a leading country now as far as medical expertise and medical facilities that are affordable to patients are concerned,” Mudenda said, adding “which is why a number of patients are going to India for treatment not only from Zimbabwe but also from all over the world.”

Mudenda said Indian doctors will come into the country and implement a new medical model in which patients who would have been treated by Indian doctors are handed over to local doctors who would monitor the recuperation process.

“The ambassador is in agreement that, instead of patients going to India, a process has begun to identify one or two hospitals, upgrade them and bring in the India model of medical care with a team of doctors.”

He added that local doctors will take over and implement the model “that will be affordable to the people of Zimbabwe but also SADC and other countries”.

Ambassador Masakui, on his part, said there are currently three Indian hospitals that have expressed interest in setting up base in Zimbabwe.

The hospitals are Narayana Health Group, Fortis Hospital and SAT hospital.

Masakui said he has been offered Joshua Nkomo hospital in Bulawayo.

“It is up to the businesses from India group of hospitals to come and see the available and the model that can be replicated here in Zimbabwe,” he said.

There is also a proposal for the establishment of two memorial hospitals by the Indian government in memory of Liberation War Heroes to be set up in Harare and Victoria Falls.

Zimbabwe has in recent years witnessed an increase in the number of its citizens travelling to the second populous country in the world for procedures that are either available but obtained cheaply or not available at all locally.

The so-called medical tourism has created a situation where patients are treated in foreign countries and then return to local doctors during recuperation without a proper handover–takeover process between the two medical practitioners to ensure quality of care.

Some of the procedures include hip replacement, heart surgery and kidney transplant.

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