The Indian High Commission in the country says it had by last year issued more than 4000 visas to Tanzanians who intended to travel to the south Asian country to seek medical attention.
Indian High Commissioner to Tanzania, Sandeep Aryaa attributed the large number of Tanzanians visiting the country for medical reasons to affordable treatment, state-of-the art equipment, top-notch doctors and follow-up care offered in India.
“India is increasingly becoming popular with Tanzanians because we have the best medical facilities with modest prices,” explained the High Commissioner at a forum on Economic Opportunities focusing on India and Northern zone, held here yesterday.
According to Aryaa, Tanzania is one of the many nations that has benefited greatly from India’s health sector growth and the trend to go abroad for care has largely seen individual opting to go to Indian based institutions.
The Global Health Workforce Alliance, which advocates for solutions for countries that lack adequate health care systems, says in its 2015 report that sub-Saharan Africa was facing a severe shortage of health care professionals and lacked adequate health care coverage for those in need of medical treatment.
Among the leading institution that enjoys a good reputation with Tanzania is the Apollo group of Hospitals.
With numerous facilities in India, the establishment has for the better part of a decade been a reliable partner to the Tanzanian health sector.
The country was the first African country that proactively embraced the world class health care available at Apollo Hospitals back in 2003 when a group of 20 children requiring complex heart surgery were sent to the Apollo Hyderabad Hospital under government sponsorship.
On his part, Arusha Regional Commissioner, Mrisho Gambo challenged businessmen with Indian origin to capitalise on investment opportunities available in the region.
The regional commissioner singled out mining and pharmaceuticals industries as among the potential areas requiring serious investment in the region.
“There will be no point of exporting our own minerals when we have established mining lapidary centres in Arusha,” he observed.
The regional commissioner also urged the Indian communities living in Arusha to invest in meat and dairy processing industries, also assuring them of land to set up the investments