By Azania Post Reporter
EAST Africans have been advised to seek medical attention in local hospitals, which can provide similar services instead of seeking such services in Indian hospitals.
The Executive Secretary of the East African Health Research Commission (EAHRC), Professor Gibson Kibiki attributed the huge exodus of patients to India to the lack of information on health services available at referral hospitals in the region.
Prof. Kibiki said some of the most sought after services by East Africans in the Asian country included heart disease, the kidney, cancer that could be handled in the designated Regional Centres of Excellence (RCoEs).
The ES cited some of the RCoEs as those for Kidney Diseases (Kenya); Heart Diseases (Tanzania); Cancer (Uganda), and; eHealth, Biomedical Engineering and Health Rehabilitation Sciences (Rwanda).
Consequently, Prof. Kibiki said the commission would soon avail on its updated website information on the RCoEs and the health services that they offer.
He was speaking at the EAHRC Headquarters in Bujumbura, Burundi when receiving delegation led by EAC Secretary General, Amb. Liberat Mfumukeko.
On HIV/AIDS, Prof. Kibiki disclosed that the commission would focus on researching on life-prolonging drugs and how to make them work better.
He cautioned members of the public and especially the youth that despite huge advances made in combating HIV/AIDS, preventive measures were necessary.
The ES attributed the increasingly high level of resistance antibiotics to the practice of purchasing drugs over the counter and under dosages sometimes through self-prescription by members of the public.
He revealed that East Africans might soon be able to access treatment across national borders in addition to enjoying portable health insurance across the region, adding that the Commission would soon undertake research to gauge the feasibility of a regional health insurance scheme before piloting the scheme.
On his part Amb. Mfumukeko noted that the Commission brings together the best brains in health research from the entire region to tackle challenges faced by East Africans in accessing quality healthcare.