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Sharjah medical tourism on growth curve
BY MARIECAR JARA-PUYOD August 02, 2017
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DUBAI: An official of a leading healthcare provider in the UAE said Sharjah is becoming a preferred international medical tourism destination.

Zulekha Healthcare Group (ZHG) managing directorTaher Shams said that aside from the increasing number of Emiratis and expatriates—Indians, Pakistanis and Filipinos—seeking medical consultations and treatments at the Zulekha Hospital-Sharjah—records have revealed that patients have also been coming from Africa, mainly Kenya and Nigeria as well as Syria and Iraq.

During meetings with the management of Sharjah’s Air Arabia, which has over 20-country destinations, he had been informed of “lots and lots of medical tourism enquiries to the emirate.”

Thus, the “Healthcare Holiday Kiosk,” the joint venture between the hospital and the airline company, was inaugurated to better serve patients and their families on Tuesday morning.

So far, three bookings had been monitored in the first few opening hours of the kiosk.

There are plans to put up the same booth at Zulekha Hospital in Al Nahda, Dubai which is on its expansion programme, said the recent recipient of the Forbes Middle East “Top Indian Leaders” Award.

It was 52 years ago when Dr Zulekha Daud established the health facility bearing her name in Sharjah.

The joint venture, in collaboration with Cozmo Travels, is two-pronged. Zulekha Hospital-Sharjah patients and their families also have the option to seek medical procedures such as heart surgery and cancer radiation therapy at the ZHG’s Alexis Multispeciality Hospital in Nagpur, India.

“We do not have cancer radiation therapy here. There are instances when patients also want to be with their families (in India),” said Shams. He said ZHG is open to talks with health insurers for the extension of their policies to India.
 

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