Apollo Hospitals Group of India has partnered with the United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) to provide free patient care, management and training of medical practitioners from UBH.
With more than 8 500 beds across 50 hospitals, Apollo Hospitals is the second largest healthcare group in the world.
It is an integrated healthcare organisation with owned and managed hospitals, diagnostic clinics, dispensing pharmacies and consultancy services.
In an interview with Southern Eye yesterday, UBH chief executive officer Nonhlanhla Ndlovu said the partnership with the medical group from India was agreed on in February and came at a time when the hospital and the country were facing severe shortages of standard medical equipment and specialists.
“We realised that India has much expertise in the medical field, especially in the treatment of medical conditions that require specialists,” she said.
“This partnership also makes it possible that our patients who have medical conditions that require specialist treatment not available in the country to go to India’s Apollo hospitals to access the treatment needed at a cheaper fee as compared to when they go to countries such as South Africa.”
Ndlovu said the partnership that reflected a close relationship between the two organisations would go a long way and doctors from India will frequently visit the hospital.
Addressing stakeholders at a Press conference held at UBH yesterday, the group’s senior general manager Harinder Singh Sidhu said the medical team from India was looking forward to spend more time at the hospital so that patients would benefit and the relationship between the two countries could be strengthened.