by Chioma Obinna
In the past few years now, India has become one of the most preferred destinations for medical tourism. Most patients around the world and Nigeria inclusive have claimed that According to these patients, Indian is currently fulfilling the demand for supreme medical technology, unmatched intellectual surgeons, coupled with reasonable cost as well as personal touch attendants.
Following these facts, many Nigerians have made Indian their choice in medical tourism. Statistics available shows that in a month, not less than 350 Nigerians visit India in search of better medical care. Out of the number, many are returned back to the country, due to inaccurate diagnosis. Although, many of these patients have good testimonies, some are not fortunate as many never lived to tell their stories and the few that were able to survive are still in shock to narrate their experiences.
Apparently to guide Nigerian patients, as well as make medical travel much easier and affordable, First Care Health Services Limited in association with High Beam Global, an India -based organisation is partnering to provide accurate, up – to- date information and resources regarding procedures and destinations for international travellers.
According to First Care Health Services’s Spokesperson, Mr. Olusanmi Musa, the Health Maintenance organisation, working in the areas of healthcare tourism guides patients around the world to get affordable medical treatment from the best hospitals in India.
Musa who noted that the organisation does not charge patients for guiding them in getting treatment said First care ensures that the patients are sent to best world class hospitals such as Fortis, metro, Max, medanta, Columbia – Asia and Bl Kapur hospitals.
His words, “Our aim is to make it hassle free for people around the globe to travel for world class and affordable medical treatments to India. We want to make travelling to India for treatments more effortlessly, locally.
On why the choice of India, he said explained that the waiting time is very low for treatments in India, and the cost of treatments is less than 60 per cent of the cost of te same treatment in countries like US and UK. Procedures like cardiac surgery, renal transplant, gastric bypass, laparoscopic gastric banding and joint replacements are some of the treatments which are very cost effective when treated in India.”
Some of the treatments they offer assistance include; cardiac surgery, neuro-surgery, eye, bone marrow, liver transplants, knee replacement, cancer treatment amongst others.