Fewer Zambians being referred abroad


The article quotes Zambia’s Ministry of Health spokesperson Abel Kabalo, who said the evacuation of patients for specialist treatment to other countries reduced to 80 in 2018, down from 148 cases in 2017, resulting in the Government saving on resources.

Dr Kabalo said that Zambia had not reached a level where it could handle all complicated illnesses locally but the reduction in the number of evacuations was an indication that it was making steady progress towards attaining that feat. Dr Kabalo also said evacuations for specialist medical treatment abroad were expected to continue reducing going forward as the Ministry of Health continued to build on its current competences.

The Government has been criticised by some sections of society for continued evacuation of patients needing specialist treatment abroad at a huge cost instead of building capacity of local health personnel and facilities.



Do you have some news or a press release that you’d like to share with the medical travel industry?

Publish for FREE on IMTJ.


Related News

Canada birth tourism politics

07 November, 2019

Is the scale of Canada’s birth tourism exaggerated?

Dubai medical tourism analysis

07 November, 2019

337,011 ‘international patients’ to Dubai in 2018

Greece thermal spa tourism

01 November, 2019

66 thermal springs approved by Greek Government

Thailand compulsory health insurance on hold

29 October, 2019

Falling tourist numbers to Thailand prompts re-think

International tourism trends H1 2019

25 October, 2019

4% growth in international tourism for first half of 2019