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Medical Tourism: India hospital Offers To Train Nigerian Doctors On Cancer Treatment, Establish Infrastructure In Nigeria

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In order to bring effective treatment of cancer to Nigeria, an India Specialist Hospital,  Apollo Hospitals has offered to train doctors in the country on treatment of the life-threatening disease.
The hospital also disclosed its readiness to establish local medical infrastructure in Nigeria and bring in state-of-theart medical equipment.
Dr. Karthik Anantharaman, Vice President-International, Apollo Hospitals, who spoke to journalists  in Abuja said his hospital wanted to partner local hospitals in Nigeria to help the country reduce medical tourism.
India remains one of the major countries where Nigerians seek medical treatment for cancer among other serious ailments.
According to Anantharaman, Apollo Hospitals alone attended to between 1000 and 2000 patients from Nigeria yearly.
He said: ” We want to be partners in setting up local medical infrastructure in Africa, in Nigeria. So Apollo Hospital is now actually coming to Nigeria with a more strategic intent to train the local doctors.
“Likewise, we are now going to be partnering with many hospitals on training program, because we truly believe that if we can train the Nigerian doctors and the Nigerian doctors have the right skill sets to be able to treat patients locally, a lot more patients can benefit because not everyone will have the money to travel to India or travel to some other country to get the treatment.
“So if the local doctor have better training, better skills, then a lot of patients can be  treated within the country. This is our main focus now,  to do the skill building, our second main focus is to have partnership with local hospitals.
 “We want to have more stronger partnerships with local hospitals where we can actually have Apolo staff to be here to not just train the local doctors, but also to offer full time medical care under partnerships and their operations and management contract.”
He also disclosed the plan of the hospital to invest in Oncology clinics in the country.
He said: “Investments we are making is in the area of setting up daycare oncology clinics with very minimum investment.”
Highlighting the importance of partnering and training local doctors, Anantharam said: “Across the group we see at least 100 -250 Nigerian patients that come to Apollo hospitals on a monthly basis, which means in a year at Apollo Hospital, we are treating at least about 1000 to 2200 Nigerian patients in a year across Apollo hospitals.
” These patients come to us for treatment in radiation, oncology,  surgery operations, for surgical operations.
“They also come for advanced medical treatments as well across the group for various other treatments like kidney transplant, liver transplant, orthopedic surgeries, knee replacement and hip replacement, surgeries for cardiac surgeries like heart disease.”
He stressed that “So it is our strong endeavor in Apollo hospital that we are not here to just treat patients from Nigeria to come to Apollo.
“We want to be partners in setting up local medical infrastructure in Africa, in Nigeria.
” So Apollo Hospital is now actually coming to Nigeria with a more strategic intent to train the local doctors.”
He revealed that Apollo hospital is already doing something with some hospitals in the country.
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