Zambian patients go to India and South Africa


Tembo says that Zambia needs to improve its health care to a level where it can compete with India and South Africa if it is to attract patients from other countries. He says it also has to stop sending its patients to India and South Africa.

He points out that Zambia cannot even track how much money is being made through the Cancer Diseases Hospital (CDH) as medical tourism.

He says that in Zambia’s border towns, foreign patients do come for treatment. For example, Malawians go to Mwami hospital in Chipata, Zimbabweans go to Mutendere in Chirundu district and Livingstone, while Congolese used to come to Mufulira, Kitwe and Chililabombwe mine hospitals. They didn’t do so, he argues, because Zambian facilities were superior, but because that was all that was available to them and their poor economies.

"All our neighbouring countries have even better services and expertise. Rwanda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and even Congo are better equipped than Zambian hospitals," says Tembo. "We are recruiting doctors from countries like Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zimbabwe due to shortages in our medical 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

Jordan inbound medical travel desk

23 January, 2020

Health tourism desk launched at Jordan’s main airport

European health tourism

23 January, 2020

Croatia’s EU presidency promotes sustainable tourism

Kuwait to still fund treatment abroad

22 January, 2020

Kuwait government panel rejects proposal to cancel treatment abroad

Gambling with medical tourism?

21 January, 2020

Japan’s integrated casino resorts offer spa and medical travel facilities

China’s outbound fertility travel

17 January, 2020

Single Chinese women seeking sperm donors abroad