With medical tourism picking up at a fast pace, the number of patients travelling from Kenya to India is expected to more than double to 50,000 during the current year, compared to the previous year as the cost of treatment in India is as low as a tenth of what is in Kenya.
“The real attraction to medical tourism is saving money on what normally are very costly procedures. The cost of surgery in India, kidney transplants, cancer treatments, among others, can be as low as just a tenth of what is in Kenya,” P Anyang Nyongo, minister of medical services, Kenya, said while addressing the 1st Indian Medical Tourism event, IMTD 2011 Africa, held in Nairobi on March 17-18.
Dr Naresh Trehan, CMD, Medanta – The Medicity and vice chairman, Services Exports Promotion Council (SEPC), who was one of the keynote speakers at the event, said Kenya as a market to India holds “tremendous potential” as cardiology in India is “second to none” as well as it offers traditional form of treatments such as yoga and homeopathy.
Similar sentiments were echoed by other speakers, including Sibrapratha Tripathi, Indian High Commissioner to Kenya; Dr S R Mishra, MD, Mediheal Group of Hospitals; Dr Andrew Sule, chairman, Kenya Medical Association; Rajesh Sharma, DG, SEPC and Beatrice Sabana, chairperson, National Hospital Services Committee, Kenya.
The event, where India’s premiere hospitals showcased their facilities and treatments, saw the participation from doctors, patients seeking treatment abroad, chairpersons of various medical association, sportspersons, insurance companies, facilitators and travel agents.
Hospitals, including Asian Heart Institute, Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, Medanta – The Medicity, Fortis Healthcare, KIMS (Kerala Institute of Medical Sciences), MIMS (Malabar Institute of Medical Sciences), New Hope Hospitals, The Gujarat Cancer and Research Institute, M & J Institute of Ophthalmology (Ahmedabad), Cosmesis India and Narayana Hrudayalaya, showcased their offerings for better and affordable healthcare in India.