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Rwanda aims to be the medical travel destination in Africa

June 13, 2013

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To boost the country’s coffers, Rwanda aims to be the premier medical travel destination in Africa. However, in order to do that, the country has to attract more investors to build more world-class facilities similar to what they have in the country right now.

 

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The country is doing this to further revitalize its travel industry, hoping to attract millions of African patients from across the continent. Currently, its travel industry is seeing a slow but steady growth, seeing a 22-percent increase in 2012 compared with that in 2011. Its government believes that medical travel is the key that can help them further enhance the growth of its travel sector. But before it can transform itself into a premier medical travel destination, it needs better hospitals, highly trained personnel to operate those hospitals, and better medical practitioners and specialists, and since the government does not have enough money to do so, it has to rely on foreign investors to do it for them. Building Rwanda to better handle the influx of medical travelers will also benefit the locals, as currently, there is a shortage of doctors and health care waiting time is long.

 

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However, transforming Rwanda into a medical travel hub is more than just getting investors to build facilities; there has to be synergy between the government and the private sector for this to succeed.

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