Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

7 November 2012

Tanzania: Regency Hospital Plans Advanced Treatment

The Dar es Salaam-based Regency Medical Centre has enhanced some programmes aimed at providing quality medical services locally, thus enabling patients to receive treatment in Tanzania, without necessarily travelling to India.

That is why an international health facility named HeathCare Global Enterprises Ltd (HCG) has entered into a partnership with Regency Medical Centre (RMC) and Lions Club of Dar es Salaam in a strategic drive aimed at ensuring that cancer patients in Tanzania have access to quality and advanced treatment.

The move intends to supplement government strategies geared at improving service delivery to cancer patients, a major killer disease in the country. The three partners HCG, RMC and Lions Club, are now taking initiatives to bring into the country highly qualified specialists from India to provide advanced cancer treatment to patients at affordable cost.

According to Dr Papaiah Sridhar, a renowned cancer specialist with HCG, the provision of cancer services locally aimed at reducing costs associated with taking patients to India for treatment. "Besides, we (HCG) want Tanzanians to access advanced technologies for cancer treatment from India," said Dr. Sridhar, who is in the country to follow up progress of cancer patients he had treated in India and provide services to new patients.

For years cancer treatment has been a most challenging assignment in Tanzania, but with current initiatives by the three private health providers, things may improve rapidly. "In India, HCG is recognised as the leader in oncology, the expertise and technology we have decided to bring to cancer patients in Tanzania. We are bringing it to other specialities with later technological advancements and maintaining optimum quality of life for the patients" says Dr Madhvan.

This new technology means that cancer patients in Tanzania will start getting quality medical treatment available to all segments of the society by adopting global innovations. With better medical outcomes, patients treated will definitely benefit a lot. Dr Dipak Dave who is Orthopaedic Surgion working at HCG, and also in the team that will be travelling to Dar es Salaam often to treat patients in Tanzania says that with sedentary lifestyle, the incidence of osteoporosis that is on the rise worldwide will be treated.

"Post menopausal women are among the high risk group that and they should undergo regular check ups and increase their calcium intake. New high technology surgical techniques have revolutionized joint replacement procedures, which gives the patient full flexibility including sitting in cross leg position and squatting" he adds.

According to him, the treatment has helped patients their full range of activities, including advancement in endoscopic spine surgeries which has given a new lease of life for patients diagnosed with spine problems, with quick recovery, lesser side effects and better quality of life.

Dr Dave says that HCG, the Specialist in Cancer Care headquartered in Bangalore India is the only dedicated cancer care network with quality care, giving hope to over 30,000 patients every year. "We do extensive research and develop innovative treatment methods to provide the finest cancer care. This is supported by the most advanced technology to make cancer a manageable health condition and improve the quality of life to patients.

For over five years, he says, HCG has been defining the future of cancer care in India, and is planning to do the same in Tanzania at the Regency Medical Centre. This is by designing, building and managing a cancer centre with a steadfast vision. The idea includes transforming cancer care environment by bringing core clinical services to one central place. The intent of this single place is to help patients achieve longer, better lives and to improve cancer care, one centre at a time.

Dr Dave says that services that will be rendered by HCG in Tanzania will enable patients to achieve longer and better lives, as well as create integrity , being honest and forthright in all dealings with patients. "In recent years advancements in the treatment of cancer have been registered, with HCG keen about redefining cancer care treatment. The vision of HCG is to make high quality cancer care accessible by adopting global innovations to all segments of Tanzanian society," he said.

For his part, Dr. Rajni Kanabar, chairman of Regency Medical Centre, said the centre was elated for having partnered with HCG. "Through this association, we are able to ensure that many patients in Tanzania benefit from the expertise of HCG," he stated. Nimira Gangji, the president of Lions Club of Dar es Salaam (Host), said that as partners, Lions Club are determined to help needy and vulnerable social groups in the country to access quality cancer treatment offered by specialists in the field without traveling abroad for the service.

Speaking at the event, Prafulla Dattai, a former cancer patient who got cured at HCG through the treatmentdrive managed by the three partners, was at a loss to express his feelings and happiness. "I have nothing to say, but thank God!..I thank Dr. Kanabar...I thank specialists and Dr. Sridhar for nice and excellent treatment. You gave me the right treatment, and now I am cured completely... I am very okay.

God bless all of you for the support you are giving to poor and disadvantaged people like me." Regency Medical Centre intends to make available locally all those super speciality medical facilities presently not available in Tanzania. This saves the lives of both the privileged and less privileged members of our society including those who cannot travel abroad for specialised medical treatment. Regency Medical Centre has set goals to be innovative, effective, trustworthy and caring Health Service Provider with an easy accessible location from all parts of Dar es Salaam, the business capital of Tanzania.

The hospital is popularly known for its integrated medical facilities coupled with a caring team of highly competent experienced and dedicated doctors, nurses and paramedics. "We have successfully provided comprehensive end-to-end multi-speciality quality care at affordable rates to thousands of fellow Tanzanians in the last seven years" says Dr Kanabar.

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