5 February 2013

Rwanda: Modern Eye Clinic Opens in Rwanda

An internationally acclaimed eye hospital has opened a world-class facility for vitreo-retinal care services in Kigali. Locate in Remera-Kisimenti, Dr. Agarwal's eye hospital is a tertiary eye care hospital with advanced equipment that will be dealing in diagnosis, treatment and retinal surgery.

"The reason why we have set up shop in Rwanda is that health care here is still below the desired level; the people of central Africa and Rwanda are dependent on South Africa, Europe and other advanced nations which involves high cost of treatment, travel and stay for the patient and the accompanying person," said Dr. John Nkurikiye, medical director at the hospital.

The hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art technology for performing surgery related to cataract, retina, glaucoma and other eye ailments with the techniques matching the international standards comparable to those in Europe and South Africa.

"Rwandans have been paying a lot of money to go to India or South Africa; the advantage with having this hospital in Rwanda is that patients from the region will be able to save a substantial amount of money, time and energy" said Farooq Siddiqui, the head of the hospital.

In the first phrase, the organization has invested over US$ 2 million and further investments will be made in coming years.

The new facility also fits in the government's strategy to turn Rwanda into a medical tourism destination. "We want to extend our world-class eye care to the people in East and Central Africa" Siddiqui said.

Hubert Rutage Ruzibiza, the acting head of services development at the Rwanda Development Board, confirmed that Rwanda is developing into a destination for medical tourism where people will be coming to Kigali for medical attention. The country is trying to tap into medical tourism would improve the foreign exchange receipts.

Ruzibiza also noted that the establishment of this hospital in Kigali is a very good initiative to boost tourism as well as modernising the health sector in the country. "Medical tourism is something that requires a different approach if one is to attract world class health investment like Dr. Agarwal's Eye Hospital; it is all about wooing people to provide quality medical services at affordable rates," he said.

Therefore, the hospital will also cater for the required hospitality amenities and support for travel will also be managed by its international patient care services department.

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