Tanzania: the medical tourism campaign is gaining new momentum


Tanzania’s medical tourism campaign received a boost on Thursday, after the Ministry of Health signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Egyptian group Alameda Healthcare, to improve the availability of specialist and super health services. -specialized.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Prof. Abel Makubi, said the agreement was the 7th after the government signed similar agreements with India, Israel, Turkey, Kenya, Burundi and Rwanda.

He said the MoU with Alameda Healthcare Group will enable the country to access training of medical personnel, exchange of expert skills programs; patient referral services; and online medical consultation services (telemedicine) from Alameda Healthcare.

Professor Makubi noted that the government will continue to invest in health services as another 15 memorandums of understanding, focusing on the provision of quality health services, are in various stages of negotiation.

Efforts so far have reduced the number of overseas referrals by 95% while attracting patients from neighboring countries.

The implementation of the health projects is in line with the ruling CCM’s election manifesto 2020-25 and the third five-year national development plan (FYDP III) which emphasizes improving primary and specialized health care.

He said the government’s determination to make Tanzania a center of excellence in the provision of specialist and super-specialist health services remains intact and that it will continue its efforts to transform the sector.

“We want to make the country a center of excellence to attract patients from outside the country through the implementation of a medical tourism strategy,” he said, noting that institutions will also continue to play a role in reducing the number of Tanzanian patients seeking treatment. abroad.

In line with global diplomacy, health initiatives are on the agenda, with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, which has held meetings with 18 embassies since 2021/22 and investors to motivate them to come and invest in the health sector.

So far, efforts to implement the medical tourism strategy have started to bear fruit as the Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute (JKCI) and Muhimbili Orthopedic Institute (MOI) receive patients from Kenya, Burundi , DRC, Malawi, Comoros and Mozambique.

The MoU with Alameda will also facilitate various super-specialties, treat patients referred from Tanzania to Alameda health facilities, and provide regular feedback to the referring physician in Tanzania for future follow-up.

“The five-year agreement will enable Tanzania to receive nursing and midwifery experts to build capacity for improving hospital services, quality and resource management to ensure quality services,” he insisted.

On his part, Mr. Neeraj Mishra, Group Managing Director of Alameda Healthcare, expressed his commitment to effectively implement the agreement which will significantly contribute to the development of Tanzania through the provision of reliable and quality healthcare services. through the application of modern technology.

Using technology, they will deal with capacity building and training of young doctors.

He said the memorandum of understanding will also save the government from spending billions of money on overseas referrals and using those resources for other hot commitments.


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