Indian investors have showed interest to expand their services and invest in Tanzania`s health sector following conducive environment set by the government.
The investors, Medanta and Sharda Hospitals, are among the best health care providers in India. Speaking in Dar es Salaam at the Health Care conference over the weekend, the investors commended the government for its tireless efforts that have opened more room for private investors to invest in health care, operate smoothly and thus contributing to the country`s development.
The conference was part of the two day Namaskar Africa 2019 India Business Forum and Exhibition held from March 14th to 15th in the city. It was organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) bringing together over 40 companies from Indian companies in various sectors of health, insurance, technology, agro food and chemicals, education, energy, banking and construction.
Varun Aggarwal, Senior Manager International Relations at Sharda Hospital said that their institution was working to build a huge diagnostic centre to provide quality and affordable services to Tanzanians. According to him, there are now in talks with the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elders and Children to make the project a success. Now with rising demand for health care, Indian hospitals see a major role in strengthening Africa`s health care infrastructure by setting up hospitals and through various capacity building initiatives. Aggarwal said that Sharda Hospital offers a broad spectrum of medical services from tertiary care, super specialties, general specialties, advanced diagnostic and radiology services to critical care.
On his part, the Vice President and head of International Business at Medanta Hospital Navneet Malhotro said his institution was willing to help Tanzania with technical training to improve the quality of human resources thus improving health care provision in the country.
`I am ready to provide short in-service training to a minimum of 12 Tanzanian medical specialists annually. So the government can send the doctors and we are willing to help. Our hospital provides services to at least 500 Tanzanians annually who come to India seeking quality health care services.
Tanzania and India have traditionally enjoyed close, friendly and co-operative relations. From the 1960s to the 1980s, the political relationship was driven largely by shared ideological commitments to anti-colonialism, anti-racism and socialism in various forms.
India is also a leading trade partner of Tanzania accounting for 15 per cent of Tanzania`s foreign trade. It is also among the top five sources of investment in Tanzania.