Kokilaben Hospital bridges continents with new Hospital Coordination Centre in Tanzania

Pioneering a new era of international medical collaboration, Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Mumbai, today unveiled a unique Hospital Coordination Centre in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The Kokilaben Hospital Coordination Centre will improve the healthcare journey for patients in Tanzania and other countries in East Africa, including Kenya, Uganda and Zanzibar, by facilitating easier access to advanced medical treatments.

Located at Mzina Way, Oysterbay, in Dar es Salaam, the Coordination Centre will facilitate patients in accessing specialized medical treatments abroad. The focus of the centre will include Oncology (Cancer Treatment); Transplant Surgery, including Bone Marrow Transplants; Neurology and Neurosurgery, and Cardiac Surgery, with a special emphasis on children’s heart surgery for congenital heart defects.

Ummy Mwalimu, Minister of Health and Social Welfare, United Republic of Tanzania, graced the inauguration as the Guest of Honour, marking the beginning of an enhanced phase of healthcare collaboration between the two regions.

Dr. Santosh Shetty, CEO and Executive Director of Kokilaben Hospital, Mr. David Mwakapanda, Director of Kokilaben Hospital Coordination Centre and Mr. Ladislaus Matindi, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director of Air Tanzania, the preferred travel partner, were also present on the occasion.

In the words of Tina Ambani, Chairperson, Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, “The Hospital Coordination Centre in Dar es Salaam is a significant step in our journey to bridge healthcare borders and bring our nations closer together. We look forward to deepening our engagement with the region, sharing our expertise and insights, and paving the way for more accessible, advanced treatment for healthcare seekers.”

Mwakapanda, Director of Kokilaben Hospital Coordination Centre, said, “Our objective is clear – to make advanced medical treatments in India more accessible to the people of East Africa. We’re here to guide, support and simplify the process for patients and their families, ensuring they receive the care they deserve.”

Dr. Santosh Shetty, CEO and Executive Director of Kokilaben Hospital, said, “The new centre will foster medical collaboration and champion patient-centric care. Experienced teams from Kokilaben Hospital will be available to guide patients through various processes, ensuring a smoother, more comfortable experience in accessing healthcare services.”

Underlining the Hospital Coordination Centre’s commitment to fostering a more informed and collaborative medical community in Tanzania, the inauguration also had esteemed specialists from Kokilaben Hospital share their insights. Dr. Rajesh Mistry, Director of Centre for Cancer; Dr. Abhaya Kumar, Head of Neuro Surgery; and Dr. Suresh Rao, Director of Children’s Heart Centre shared valuable information on advances in cancer treatment, neuro and spine surgeries, and treatment of heart disease in children.

Air Tanzania is the Preferred Travel Partner for Kokilaben Hospital and . Shall play an important role to take this partnership to the next level.

Dr. Santosh Shetty, Executive Director & CEO of Kokilaben Hospital, added, “We are committed to sharing medical knowledge and expertise. Through this new centre, we will enrich the local medical fraternity in Tanzania and surrounding regions by facilitating training and encouraging the exchange of medical knowledge.”

The Centre will act as a hub for the enhancement of doctor training, fostering exchange programmes and promoting knowledge transfer between medical professionals from Tanzania and India. Expert teams from Kokilaben Hospital will actively guide and support Tanzanian healthcare practitioners, creating an ecosystem for mutual development of health sciences in the country, further promoting broader access to top-tier healthcare services. The Centre will also amplify the dissemination of medical expertise and knowledge to the medical community in neighbouring regions, by facilitating ongoing medical education and promoting the exchange of medical insights and expertise.

The opening of the Centre signifies a new milestone towards bolstering a supportive healthcare ecosystem, aligning with the vision of improved medical treatments and facilities within Tanzania and the broader East African region.

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