TZ’s medical tourism hub zeal in top gear

THE huge  investment  done  by  the government  in  health facilities, including hospital infrastructure and  modern equipment is intending  to make  Tanzania  a  medical tourism hub  in Sub Saharan Africa.

Tanzania is now among the countries in Sub Saharan Africa which provide quality health services, attracting patients from outside the country.

This was said in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday by the Executive Director of Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH), Dr Mohamed Janabi, during the launch of medical tourism secretariat.

The secretariat comprises members from MNH, Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute (JKCI), the Orthopaedic Institute (MOI) and the Ocean Road Cancer Institute (ORCI).

Dr Janabi, who is Chairman of the National Medical Tourism Committee, said that huge investment on health facilities has placed Tanzania in a better position to benefit from medical tourism due to the number of patients visiting the country for treatment.

Coordinator of medical treatment abroad in the Ministry of Health, Dr Asha Mahita, commended members of the National Medical Tourism Committee for a good work since they were appointed.

She said that it has taken a long time for medical tourism concept to be known, especially in local hospitals, saying that medical tourism will help, to a large extent, boost the government revenue through the patients visiting the country for medical treatment.

She said that, apart from increasing revenue, individuals will benefit by bringing patients from different countries and the relevant hospitals that will receive these patients will also benefit.

“The concept of medical tourism is very broad and requires a lot of patriotism. Just like our colleague Abdulmalik Mollel and his company- Global Education Link, the agency has been helping the government in various areas and one of them is like this,” she said.

Global Education Link Ltd is the best international student recruitment agency in Tanzania.

“Therefore, we expect that various stakeholders like Mollel will come forward   to further promote medical tourism,” she observed.

She said the ministry is preparing a guideline that will clearly stipulate the responsibilities of the committee and individual members so that they can execute their responsibilities effectively.

JKCI Director Dr Peter Kisenge, praised the committee, saying the vision of President Samia Suluhu Hassan to make Tanzania the medical tourism hub   has started to become a reality.

“We, at JKCI have started a journey to make Tanzania the centre of medical tourism in Africa and we have already sent our doctors to various countries like Comoro and Malawi, and we expect to go to Burundi and Congo in the next few days. We have set plans to implement the vision of the Tourism Committee,” he said.

He said next year JKCI expects to hold a meeting in Zanzibar which will be attended by more than 40 countries to showcase activities carried out by the institution so as to attract more people to use the facility.

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