Magnus MediTourism, a premium medical travel facilitator based in Mumbai, India, has signed an agreement with Equator One, a Ugandan tours & travel agency as its exclusive representative in Uganda to help Ugandans seeking for medication in India.
The partnership will allow Ugandan healthcare providers and patients, convenient access to alternative medical treatment at multiple hospitals across several Indian cities including tier 2 and tier 3 cities that are more affordable.
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 Chief Executive Officer Mihir Vora said:
“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.”
Judith Sheenah Kyamutetera, the Country Head of Magnus MediTourism Uganda and herself a cancer survivor noted:
“I have been a beneficiary of Magnus services myself, having been diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2016 and had to travel to India for medication. 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.”
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.
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 explained 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.