HYDERABAD, India: Hyderabad-headquartered Global Hospitals has forayed into East Africa by launching a state-of-the-art, 125-bed facility in Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous region in the United Republic of Tanzania.
The facility, known as Tasakhtaa Hospitals, an Associate of Global Hospitals India, is located at Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Zanzibar, a group of islands off mainland Tanzania. The hospital has been opened in association with Turky's Group of Companies, one of the largest business groups of Zanzibar.
Global Hospitals, one of the fastest growing hospital chains in India, now has facilities in Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai and Mumbai. Founded by Dr. K. Ravindranath, an internationally renowned surgical gastroenterologist and an authority on minimal access surgery, Global Hospitals offers tertiary and quaternary care health services in a host of super specialties and excels in undertaking transplantation of liver, heart, lung, kidney and bone marrow.
Announcing the hospital launch, Dr. K. Ravindranath, Chairman and Managing Director of the Global Group, said that people of Zanzibar and Tanzania no longer need to go abroad for quality medical care since Tasakhtaa Hospital, an Associate of Global Hospitals India, would offer world-class services at a fraction of the costs in Europe, the US and South Asian countries. The Zanzibar facility will provide primary and secondary care services, with some level of tertiary care, and will focus on promoting health and wellbeing of the citizens while preventing outbreak of diseases.
Dr. Ravindranath said that the Zanzibar facility will be one of the nodes of the Global Hospitals' plans for a regional healthcare network. The Group is already in advanced talks regarding a tertiary care hospital in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania and also evaluating few other opportunities in rest of the Africa and Middle East as well.
Tasakhtaa Hospitals, an Associate of Global Hospitals India, in Zanzibar has been equipped with advanced laboratory services and high-end imaging modalities like 4D USG, 16-slice CT and 2D ECHO, endoscopy suites, advanced intensive care units, an advanced laparoscopy unit, and five operation theatres.
Global Hospitals has employed highly qualified and experienced medical and surgical professionals and support staff at the Zanzibar facility. In addition, the group will be offering services of experts from its Indian facilities. It will also be training local personnel in best medical practices followed around the world.
Formally opening Tasakhtaa Hospitals, an Associate of Global Hospitals India, in the last week of March, Zanzibar President Dr. Ali Mohamed Shein thanked Dr. Ravindranath for bringing Global Hospitals' expertise to Zanzibar and offered full support of the government. He also called upon medical staff of the hospital to meet people's expectations by providing quality service. Health Minister Rashid Seif Suleiman said the government wants public-private partnership (PPP) in healthcare strengthened. Acting Finance Minister Dr. Mwinyihaji Makame Mwadini said that investments in health services in the country have remained low due to shortage of skilled personnel and high costs in setting up hospitals.
Mr. Salem Turky, Chairman of Turky's Group of Companies and Member of Parliament, said he had conceived the project almost 17 years ago and approached various hospital groups across the globe over years to help translate the vision to reality. It was only when his wife was successfully operated upon at Global Hospitals in Chennai for a complex cardiac surgery; he approached Dr. Ravindranath who agreed to partner and help improve the healthcare in Africa. The Global Hospitals' team moved very fast, and got the hospital up and running in less than a year's time.
Elaborating Dr. Ravindranath added, "Global Hospitals' will provide highest quality care in Zanzibar and Tanzania. Our emphasis will be on creating joint planning - in which both the public and private sectors work together in preparing long-term healthcare strategies for the community."
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