INDIA through Apollo Hospitals has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Eclipse Group Africa to set up a state-of-the-art diagnostic centre for cancer in Tanzania.
The MoU agreement was signed on Friday at the Indian High Commission in Tanzania and was witnessed by various people including Indian High Commission Mr Binaya Pradhan.
Speaking during the signing of the agreement, Eclipse Group Africa Chairman Mr Zahir Damji said that through the partnership Apollo Hospitals will provide health care services with advanced cancer care treatment.
“The construction of the hospital will greatly help Tanzanians and many other African countries to be treated here in Tanzania,” said Mr Zahir.
Mr Zahir also said that the project will start with 60 beds that will provide comprehensive care for cancer from diagnosis to treatment.
He said that the hospital will offer medical, surgical and radiation treatment to cancer patients across age groups from paediatric to adults.
“In line with the vision of Apollo Hospitals, the centre will offer best-in-class treatment and care with a team of experienced oncology, cancer care management and the world’s finest technology to make quality cancer care to over 55 million people in Tanzania,” said Mr Zahir.
Mr Zahir said that the rising cancer cases and a lack of quality cancer care are prevalent issues in Tanzania so Apollo hospitals will help to bring about a change and give opportunities to the people of Tanzania to live a healthy and cancer-free life.
On his part, Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in India Mr Lav Agarwal said the collaboration between Apollo Hospitals and Eclipse Group Africa will strengthen international relations and lay the foundation for many more strong associations to come.
“It is the privilege to witness the beginning of a positive change in the health care segment in Tanzania that will significantly help Africans in general,” said Mr Agarwal.
President of Group Oncology and International, Apollo Hospitals Enterprises Limited Mr Denish Madhavan said they have partnered with Eclipse Group of Africa to build a quality-driven Apollo centre in Tanzania that will touch billions of lives across the globe.
He also said the collaboration with the eclipse group will strengthen the health care ecosystem of the country and support Tanzanians and people from neighbouring countries.
The Indian High Commissioner in Tanzania Mr Binaya Pradhan said that health has been an important area of collaboration between the two countries, adding that Tanzania and India have been development partners for several years.
He also said that Appolo hospital will offer high-end laboratories, ultrasound and imaging facilities that are easy to access to high-end PTE, CT and MRI services to enable the right and accurate diagnosis for the broader population of Tanzania.