India is becoming a prime medical tourism destination for Africans


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Africans are of high opinion of Indian health services. Many Africans travel to India for the sake of quality treatment. India is one such country, which provides a quality treatment at an affordable price. Indian healthcare revenues stood at $45 billion in 2012 and are expected to reach $160 billion by 2017, as per the India Brand Equity Foundation’s report.

The low cost medical services have resulted in a rise in medical tourism, attracting patients from across the world. The medical tourism industry in India pegged at $1 billion per annum, growing at around 18 percent and is expected to touch $2 billion by 2015.

The rise in the inflow of patients from African countries like Kenya, Ghana, Tanzania, and Nigeria is robust. Following are the case studies that will enlighten and convince you on this issue:

Musa Amina Babagana, 45, was suffering from acute rheumatoid arthritis for a decade. Prolonged treatment in Nigeria could not give her relief, but miles away in India, a private hospital could bring back that smile on her face with one injection.

“We came to know about Indian healthcare system from word of mouth. We then browsed through the Internet to zero in on this place,” Alkali Bukar Tayib, a Nigerian who came with his niece Musa Amina in private hospital Max Healthcare, told IANS.

Three-year old Nigerian Oyeinpreye Katheryn Enemugha’s mother Ebiakpo Gbefa Enemugha has a similar story. “We are here for follow-up after the successful bone marrow transplant in August 2013. So far, she is healthy. She came with sickle cell disease nine months back and was treated with bone marrow transplant for the same.” She is getting a treatment at Fortis Healthcare.

Anne, a Kenyan, is also satisfied with her 63-year old aunt Joyce Kariuki’s kidney transplant in India. “We liked the professional approach of the doctors over here. My aunt is reacting very well to the treatment now. She was undergoing dialysis for the last one year.”

Healthcare professionals say that India is a sought after destination for flawless health services. African people display tremendous amount of confidence on the Indian healthcare system. An official from Fortis Healthcare said the hospital chain also gets African patients at its Mumbai and Bangalore facilities, along with all its hospitals in Delhi and National Capital Region. Fortis has 65 facilities across the country.

There is the flow of African patients in Ahmadabad in Gujarat and Aurangabad in Maharashtra. Approximately 34 African nationals sought admission between June 2013 and February 2014 for various ailments and 256 more in the outpatient department at Saket City Hospital.