Two of India’s most renowned hospitals are expected to send representatives in Liberia shortly in contemplation of creating a public-partnership within the health sector of the country. At the same time, they will perform clinical procedures at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Medical Center (JFKMC) in Sinkor.
The hospitals—Indraprastha Apollo (Apollo) and LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI)—are expected to build a long term, mutually beneficial partnership for better health services for the citizens of Liberia.
The Daily Observer was informed that negotiations for the arrival of the delegations was made successful by the Indian Honorary Consul General to Liberia, Mr. Upjit Singh Sachdeva, who is commonly known as Jeety.
The hospitals’ partnerships with JFK would aimed at offering “super specialist consultation services, training of medical and paramedical personnel and treatment of patients in need of specialized care at centers.”
A release from JFK said LVPEI’s delegation arrived in Liberia on February 15, and will remain in the country until the 17th.
The delegation is expected to hold talks with Dr. (MD) Walter T. Gwenigale, the Minister of Health and Social Welfare and senior officials of the Health Ministry. Later, its members will meet with President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
The release also said that the visiting delegation led by Dr. (MD) Gullapali N. Rao, founder of LVPEI, will tour the medical facilities of JFK, meet with the A.M. Doglioti College administrative staff. The delegates will hold discussions with some members of government institutions, NGO community, as well as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Lion’s Club.
“LV Prasad Eye Institute offers comprehensive patient care, clinical research, sight enhancement, and rehabilitation, community eye health, education, and product development. It is a WHO collaborating center for the prevention of blindness. Equipped with cutting-edge technology and distinguished professionals in the field of eye care, it emphasizes the provision of quality eye care to people from all walks of society. The Eye Institute is a non-profit organization governed by the Hyderabad Eye Institute and the Hyderabad Eye Research Foundation,” the release stated.
The Apollo delegation, according to JFK, will arrive in Liberia on Wednesday, February 19 and stay in the country until the 22nd.
It will begin screening at the JFK on Thursday, February 20 and Friday, February 21 respectively.
JFK administration said it is pleased that Apollo’s physicians will screen and evaluate for cancerous diseases, neurological and spinal disorders. JFK said that the Apollo delegation will also hold scientific lectures on advances in cancer care and neurological sciences.
Apollo’s partnership with JFK is aimed at, among other things, ensuring speedy, efficient and cost-effective delivery of medical services; values for money for the taxpayer and patients through optimal knowledge transfer and risk management and efficiencies from integrating design and delivery of medical services with operation; maintenance/upgrading and effective utilization of state assets to the benefit of all users of JFK’s services.
Apollo Hospitals Group is an integrated healthcare organization with owns and manages hospitals, diagnostic clinics, dispensing pharmacies and consultancy services. In addition, the group’s services include healthcare at the patient’s doorstep, clinical & diagnostic services, medical business process outsourcing, third party administration services, and health insurance.
Many Liberians travel to India every year to seek medical attention. Most of said that India’s medical fees are relatively less expensive.