Magnus MediTourism, Premium Medical Travel Facilitator based in Mumbai, India has signed a franchisee agreement EquatorOne, a Ugandan tours & travel agency as its exclusive representative in Uganda.
The partnership will allow Ugandan healthcare providers and patients alike, convenient access to alternative medical treatment at multiple hospitals across several Indian cities including tier 2 and tier 3 cities, that are more affordable. Magnus is one of the only 2 medical travel providers, accredited by the National Accreditation Board of Hospital and Healthcare (NABH) - the Quality Council of India.
Magnus also has a partnership with some of India’s best Medicare providers such as: Apollo Hospitals, Fortis, Manipal Hospitals, Medanta Hospitals and Kokilaben Dirhubai Ambani etc. who boast of some of the world’s leading specialists in cancer care, urology, ophthalmology, gastroenterology, dentistry, ENT, orthopedic, nephrology, organ transplantation and neurology practices amongst many others.
The agency will provide services that include; booking medical appointments at preferred hospitals, travel tickets, accommodation, transportation services, booking dining services, assistance with foreign exchange among other services while in India.
Speaking at the launch of the partnership at the Kampala Serena Hotel, Magnus MediTourism founder and CEO, Mr Mihir Vora said that India is a credible global medical centre due to its advanced technology and highly specialized doctors. “As a result we have seen a growth in the number of Ugandans seeking medical attention in India and we know the challenges one goes through when accessing services in a foreign country. This partnership is to enable Ugandans in need to easily access these services in a hustle free and secure environment so that they only concentrate on their recuperation.”
Mrs Judith Sheenah Kyamutetera, the Country Head of Magnus MediTourism Uganda and herself a cancer survivor revealed that she a beneficiary of Magnus services, having been diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2016. “Working with professional medical travel facilitators like Magnus eased on the pain and made the entire experience pleasant, which is why I decided to bring this service here so that other Ugandans may benefit from it,” she said.
“Magnus is committed to facilitating an informed, affordable and skilled treatment experience. Our relationship managers in Uganda and India are there at every stage of the process, to help you get the best possible healthcare options and multiple medical opinions and treatment plans from hundreds of specialist doctors in over 35,614 partner hospitals all over India- at no cost at all,” she added.
According to the World Health Organization and Ministry of Health, diseases such as diabetes, cancers, cardiovascular diseases (like heart attacks and strokes) are the second largest cause of mortality in Uganda, accounting for 34.6% of total deaths in 2015, and according to WHO’s Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD) Country Profiles 2014, the probability of dying during the most productive years (ages 30-70) for Uganda from the 4 main NCDs is 21%.
In Africa and across developing countries, noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer and diabetes pose an increasing threat. Current projections indicate that by 2020, the largest increases in deaths from NCDs will occur in Africa.
Due to the high costs incurred by patients in these developing countries, more people are opting to seek medical attention from more developed countries thus growing the medical tourism industry. This is mainly due to globalization and technology advancements across the globe.
Mihir said that Magnus had entered into a partnership with Kenya Airways to grant a special fare for Ugandan patients managed by Magnus travelling to India for both treatment and check-ups.
The event was graced by officials from the Kenya Airways, doctors, specialists, representatives from insurance firms and media representatives to whom the agency presented the concept and details of the Magnus MediTourism services which are set to benefit both patients and medical practitioners in Uganda.
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