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Orthopedic Surgery Medical Value Travelers from Rwanda to India

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Orthopedic surgery is concerned with conditions involving the musculoskeletal system. Orthopedic surgeons use both surgical and nonsurgical means to treat musculoskeletal trauma, sports injuries, degenerative diseases, infections, tumors, and congenital disorders.

With the exponential rise in accidents along with stress and anxiety in our lives, a lot of people suffer from injuries and diseases related to bones. Recent surveys by the World Health Organization (WHO) say that 1.3 million people die in road accidents each year, an average of 3,287 every day. Additionally, 20-50 million suffer non-fatal injuries, with many incurring a disability as a result of their injury. Some of the Orthopaedic disorders are as follows:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
  • Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s or Baseball Elbow)
  • Ligament Injuries to the Knee
  • Torn Meniscus.

The most common procedures performed by Orthopedic surgeons are as follow:
  • Knee arthroscopy and Meniscectomy
  • Shoulder arthroscopy and decompression
  • Carpal tunnel release
  • Knee arthroscopy and Chondroplasty
  • Removal of support implant
  • Knee arthroscopy and anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction
  • Knee replacement
  • Repair of femoral neck fracture
  • Repair of Trochanteric fracture
  • Debridement of skin/muscle/bone/fracture

Orthopedics is a medical specialty that focuses on such disorders and injuries of bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments – which together make up the musculoskeletal system. Musculoskeletal system gives the human body the form, support, stability and the ability to move. These spine problems, infections, tumors, sports injuries, knee replacement, arthritis and other bone related deformities are corrected by an Orthopedic Surgeon.

Special Services For Rwanda Patients

Special and individualized care – We ensure fast and efficient services, which include immediate diagnostic and treatment procedures with no waiting lists. There is 24/7 staff for full patient support services, who are well trained to handle the most complex situations. Depending on the urgency, there are special consultations for scans, clinical investigations organized for Rwandan medical tourists. Even if you are not insured, we ascertain that you are equally benefitted; and we don’t need any doctor’s referral to cater to you. We attend each and every Rwandan with supreme care and patience.

Special packages – One thing that comes into consideration and is obviously very crucial while choosing a treatment destination, is the cost factor. We understand this and ensure that our patients are happy and supremely satisfied with the pricing of the treatments and procedures, they are looking for. We specially offer very cost effective packages for medical tourists from Rwanda; customize the packages keeping in mind that patients are coming from all sections of the society.

Free second opinion – When it comes to illness and related procedures, certainly there can be some doubts in your mind; regarding the proficiency of the doctor or about the clinical investigation. So that you have no doubts regarding these factors and have full trust in us, we can arrange for free second opinion in our empanelled hospitals. This will surely help in clearing your dilemma and cement the trust in our relationship further.

Language Assistance – It is very important that the medical personnel are capable of handling this language issue, as health issues need to be communicated accurately and in a very detailed manner. So, we look after this issue by arranging expert translators/interpreters so that the requirements of our Rwandan friends reach the doctor properly and vice versa.

Quick visa assistance – We make the visa process absolutely uncomplicated and hassle free. Our 24/7 visa assistance is at your disposal to look after all your queries and needs related to visa. We make it as simple as possible so that there is no time wastage, keeping in mind your health issues and the associated urgency.

Logistics Support – We are with you right from the moment you arrive at the airport. Our staff is there to receive the medical tourists at the airport, ensure that the guesthouse/hotel is perfect for the travelers. Further, we monitor your admission formalities and keep a detailed track your treatment process at the hospital – either in person or over phone – as and when required. Also, we provide regular medical updates about you to the sponsor of the treatment such as, the insurance agency, charity organization, your employer, etc.

Special food – Every health issue, its treatment and the suggested procedure comes along with its own dietary schedule and restrictions. We make sure that the food issues and such restrictions are well taken care of, ensuring your good health. We have special tie-ups with local food chains; customized diet plans are proffered keeping in mind speedy recovery and for better outcomes for the Rwandan patients.

Follow up services – After any treatment/procedure, the most important phase is the follow up. Without this, the procedure is considered incomplete and can lead to a relapse. Follow up is important both for the patient as well as the doctor/surgeon. We ensure that there are no obstacles or interruptions in this phase and organize follow up services even after the patient is back in his own country, after his successful treatment in India.

Clinical camps – In order to create awareness about various health issues as well as to provide free and easily accessible services, clinical camps are organized in Rwanda. There are doctors and assistant staff available in such camps to guide Rwandans regarding many health issues and associated precautions.

Orthopedic surgery: India a much favored destination

The Indian Journal of Orthopedics (IJO) forecasts that India has a lot to offer in the arena of Orthopedics. In the recent years, India’s medical sphere has advanced at a revolutionary speed. India is considered among the best in international medical tourism destinations. Patients get excellent healthcare services in India, especially in the arena of Orthopedic surgeries. With the best infrastructure and technology, which is undeniably equivalent to that in leading countries like USA or UK, India provides comprehensive treatment along with supreme quality patient care. Indian hospitals offer Orthopedic treatments from internationally-trained healthcare professionals, who are assisted by dedicated staff/assistants. Best state-of-the-art equipment and even robotic surgeries are used for the treatments in this field of medicine.

The Orthopedic specialty has evolved into many subspecialties like Spine, Pediatric Orthopedics, Arthroscopy and much more. The Indian Orthopedic experts have the breadth of knowledge that they have gathered with experience and knowledge; highly skilful and have treated every possible disorder or injury of bones and muscles. They are well-trained and know the most appropriate course of action for the conditions affecting bones and muscles. As per the experts from the Indian Medical Association (IMA), the range of treatments done by the Indian Orthopedic surgeons is enormous. It can cover anything from traction to amputation, hand reconstruction to spinal fusion, bone transplantation or joint replacements. They also treat broken bones, strains and sprains, and dislocations. With high success rate, zero waiting time and constant innovation, Orthopedic surgeries in India have been very affordable, ensuring supreme patient care and satisfaction.

Abundant availability of Orthopedic Treatments in India

The most recent tools of information technology have made connectivity around the world much smoother. Thus, seeking healthcare abroad is a bonus for the medical tourists. Hence, a large number of such patients are taking advantage of the innumerable and advanced Orthopedic surgeries available in India. Further, medical value travel industry has been collaborating with the governmental bodies to make travelling to India, for surgical procedures as trouble-free as possible for the medical tourists.



Hospitals in India not only adhere to international standards but also offer tailor-made treatments to meet individual patient requirements. There is an array or available treatments for bones and joint disorders; hip, knee, shoulder, including sports medicine, Osteoporosis, etc. and all types of musculoskeletal problems like sports injuries, Arthritis, Scoliosis, tumors and broken bones. Further, the fixing and stabilization of the spine or fusion of the spine and other complex Orthopedic issues are handled in a very comprehensive manner in India.

Lack of expert Orthopedic Professionals in Rwanda

The government of Rwanda has been under immense pressure to increase the number of doctors in the country in order to meet the desired international health staffing standards. Rwanda is a small country that is still struggling to develop its Orthopedic and rehabilitation services. Due to ignorance, inadequate infrastructure, refusal of practitioners to accept postings in the rural areas and fewer amounts of funds, the healthcare situation in Rwanda has been worsening day-by-day. The assisting medical staff is not competent enough to even attend to the basic healthcare needs of the ailing population of Rwanda. The situation is even worse for complex treatments such as Orthopedic surgeries. The statistics by Rwanda Medical Journal show that Musculoskeletal Impairment (MSI) is an important cause of morbidity and mortality in Rwanda.

With just a handful of surgeons dictating this crucial arena of healthcare, the costs of treatment for Orthopedic surgeries are skyrocketing. As per the latest report by Demographic and Health Survey, poverty is widespread in Rwanda – 87 percent of Rwandans are dwelling in poverty and the mushrooming population is another major drawback. This makes it exorbitant for most but the well-off Rwandans, who receive the Orthopedic surgeries on time. At the same time, cutting down the remuneration of these experts would be worsening the situation. Therefore, for their surgical needs, the Rwandans have to look for places such as India, where such surgeries are readily available and at reasonable prices.

Inflow of Orthopedic surgery patients from Rwanda to India

As per the International Association of Orthopedic Surgeons, lack of bone experts or Orthopedic surgeons is a major health calamity, which Rwanda is facing for years now. Most of the population has to rely on Paramedics or Clinical Officers. So with not many choices left, patients from Rwanda have been opting for treatments available abroad. Many travel to neighboring African countries such as South Africa, Mozambique, etc.; while some travel to countries as far as India, Singapore, Dubai, etc. Thus, India has been welcoming several thousand medical value travelers from Rwanda since 2010. The lower cost of healthcare in India compared to USA, UK and South Africa is the main aspect that attracts Rwandans towards India. The Medical Tourism Market Report shows that the number of medical tourists coming to India was 200,000 in 2016 and the number is continually rising.

Quality of the healthcare services, patient happiness, brand name and the proficiency of the surgeons are the key drivers that play a major role because of which Rwandan medical tourists are flocking to India. A surgery could cost 30 percent lower in India as it would in South Africa, USA or UK. The Indian Medical Travel Association (IMTA) report reveals that the average range of savings in India is 65-90 percent. The result is several thousand Rwandans travelling to India seeking medical treatments since many years now. The projected growth potential would be eye-popping for marketing departments at medical value travel companies and hospitals in India. With the right attributes like proficient medical hands, cutting-edge equipment and most importantly low cost, Indian doctors ensure to bring back the smiles on the faces of more and more Rwandans.



About Indian Hospitals

India offers some of the best medical treatments in the world. The private hospitals in India have excellent reputation and our healthcare sector has sustained enormous boom in recent years. Despite the prejudices about healthcare in developing countries, rest assured that the orthopedic surgery hospitals in India are at the forefront of medical technology and are well equipped with the modern state of the art technology and highly qualified and experienced orthopedic surgeons. Indian doctors are considered the best in the world with the high level of surgical expertise that evolves from many years of training.

Hygiene in private hospitals in India is excellent and the Rwanda patients seeking cardiac surgery are screened for HIV and Hbs Ag antibodies to prevent the transmission of communicable diseases and incidence of MRSA is minimal. The operation theatres have laminar air flow installed and gaining the ISO9001 standardisation, a voluntary standardisation run b a nongovernmental body where the hospitals must pass rigorous tests to be certified is increasingly becoming popular in the hospitals and the clinics.

Medical Visa Information for Patients from Rwanda to India
Indian Embassy in Rwanda

The Embassy of India has not been established in Rwanda yet. Rwanda nationals are eligible for Indian e-Visa that can be applied online for saving time.

Apply for e-Medical visa online at least four days before the date of travel with a window of 120 days. By that way, you will get the Indian e-Visa approval letter before leaving Rwanda for India, so that you can pick up Indian e-Visa at the arriving airport. Once in India he/she can stay for a maximum of 60 days.

Applicants can visit www.indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa for more information and to apply online.

For any clarification, send email to indiatvoa@gov.in or cons.kampala@mea.gov.in.

Eligibility for Rwandans applying e-Visa to travel to India
  • Rwandan Travellers whose sole objective of visiting India is short duration medical treatment, recreation, sightseeing, casual visit to meet friends or relatives, or casual business visit.
  • Passport should have at least six months validity from the date of arrival in India. The passport should have at least two blank pages for stamping by the Immigration Officer.
  • Rwandan Travellers should have return ticket or onward journey ticket, with sufficient money to spend during his/her stay in India.
Visa invitation letter

When you are applying for a medical visa, a visa invitation letter is required. A visa invitation letter is a formal document that is sent to the patient from the Indian hospital that sanctions his/her medical treatment in that hospital in India.

This also serves the purpose of a proof that the patient has indeed contacted with Indian hospital and will be having his or her treatment there. The visa invitation letter consists of the patient details, details of his/her ailment, treatment procedure and duration of the treatment involved. Hence it is an important and mandatory document required during the application and for the sanction of a medical visa to the patient.

Embassy Information
Commercial Section/Commercial Representative
Officer In-charge:
Mr. Inderpreet Singh,
A Attache (Admin), High Commission of India, Kampala.
Phone- +256-41-4342994/+256-41-4344631,
E-Mail- admn.kampalamea.gov.in
Vaccination

Travelers visiting India must possess a valid "Yellow Fever Vaccination" card if they are transiting or have transited through a Yellow Fever Zone.

  • Flight & Travel from Rwanda to India
  • Kigali, RW (KGL) to New Delhi, IN (DEL)
  • Kamembe, RW (KME) to Chennai, IN (MAA)
  • Kigali, RW (KGL) to Mumbai, India (BOM)
  • Kamembe, RW (KME) to Bangalore, IN (BLR)

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