Govt signs MoU with Apollo Hospitals Group of India


THE signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Ministry of Health and the Apollo Hospitals Group of India will give Zambians a chance to access excellent medical expertise at a reduced cost, says deputy Clerk of National Assembly Godfrey Hantobolo.

Mr Hantombolo said Zambians now had a chance of accessing excellent medical expertise provided by the group of experts for a fraction of the cost.

He was speaking after a team of leading specialists from Apollo Hospitals Group in India concluded its programme to provide international standard services to Zambians.

He said that most people who could not manage to access specialised treatment abroad due to lack of resources had the privilege to be treated locally after the team’s camp at the National assembly of Zambia where Members of Parliament and other staff alsobenefitted.

Mr. Hantobolo said the presence of Indian doctors in Zambia was of great importance, adding that was need for exchange of recent technology in the management and treatment of various ailments at UTH.

“I am happy that the Ministry of Health has signed an MoU with the Apollo Hospitals Group of India which will work to the benefit of  many Zambians.

And Apollo team leader Harinder Sidhu expressed great pleasure in bringing expertise of Apollo to the door steps of the premier institute of Zambia, UTH.

Dr. Sidhu noted that the visit of specialist surgeons and physicians from Apollo to Zambia helped many patients to get treated for serious ailments.

He explained that during the days of consultation, the visiting doctors reviewed the previous cases that were treated by Apollo or during the doctors’ previous visit to Lusaka.

A special team of Apollo’s leading specialists in cardiology, oncology, pediatric cardiology, E.N.T and nephrology were at UTH to conduct a medical camp for the citizens.

The objective of the consultations by the doctors from Apollo Hospitals was to ensure that patients received the correct diagnosis without incurring high costs.