Cardiac Surgery Medical Value Travelers from Sudan to India
Over the years, medical science has progressed quite rapidly, making even the most complex cardiac surgeries much safer while minimizing the risks. Cardiac surgery, also called heart surgery, involves surgeries performed on the heart to correct life-threatening conditions. The surgery can be either open-heart surgery or minimally invasive surgery depending on the situation and the condition of the patient. The medical practitioner who specializes in such surgeries is the Cardiothoracic surgeon.
Statistics by the World Health Organization (WHO) show that Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the number one cause of death globally.
Types of Cardiac surgeries:
- Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)
- Transmyocardial Laser Revascularization
- Heart Valve Repair or Replacement
- Arrythmia Treatment
- Heart Transplant
- Open-heart Surgery
- Off-pump Heart Surgery
- Open Heart Surgery
Special Services to our Sudan 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 Sudanese 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 Sudanese 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 Sudan; 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 Sudanese 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 Sudanese 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 Sudan. There are doctors and assistant staff available in such camps to guide Sudanese regarding many health issues and associated precautions.
Cardiac surgery: Major advantage in India
If your loved one has been advised a cardiac surgery, there are many crucial factors that you are bound to consider – highly trained surgeons, latest technology, supreme patient care along with the right kind of infrastructure. Global Health Repository (GHO) reports say that 17.5 million people die each year from CVDs and the number is continually on the rise. Newer initiatives are being launched to curb this threat.
Cardiac surgeons in India are trained at the eminent and nationally and internationally acclaimed institutes and have experience in treating patients successfully from all over the world. Furthermore, hospitals in India have the most advanced equipment that can aid in accurate diagnosis and comprehensive care of the patient during their surgeries in India. The cardiac surgeries performed in India are: angioplasty, CABG, heart transplants, reparative surgery for congenital heart defects, pacemaker implantation and pediatric heart surgery and much more. Cardiac surgeons and hospitals in India are thus well-positioned to cater to the cardiac needs of patients from all over the world. Not only this, compared to many other countries, India offers a wide range of cardiac treatments, at affordable prices.
Not enough cardiac expertise in Sudan
The SHHS reported a prevalence of more than 2.5 percent for heart disease. Hypertensive heart disease (HHD), Rheumatic heart disease (RHD), Ischaemic heart disease (IHD) and Cardiomyopathy constitute more than 80 percent of CVD in Sudan. Sudan needs to work a lot on its cardiac surgery arena and also to increase the services provided for the same. Despite the fact that basic healthcare facilities are guaranteed in the constitution of Sudan, the ground reality is factually the opposite. Due to ignorance, insufficient infrastructure and less amount of funds, Sudan faces acute shortage of medical staff. As a result, the best practitioners have emigrated and the remainder medical staff does not have sufficient medical facilities and qualifications to even provide the basic healthcare needs for the ailing population of the country. So we can imagine how difficult it is for complex treatments such as cardiac surgeries. Data from Sudan Medical Journal depict that there is only one congenital heart surgeon in Sudan where the population is 30 million!
Due to the country’s internal political instability leading to serious economic challenges, Sudan has fallen behind many other countries when it comes to heart surgeries. Thus, patients are forced to seek cardiac surgeries in other countries.
Cardiac surgery patients from Sudan to India
There are more than 500 cardiology hospitals in India that conduct the most progressive types of cardiac surgeries. Isn’t it a reason enough to choose India over many other countries? Patients from Sudan have been traveling abroad for medical treatments for years. Many travel to their neighboring African countries such as South Africa, Mozambique, etc.; some travel to countries as far away as India, Singapore, Dubai, etc.
India has received several thousand medical value travelers from Sudan since 2010. The lower cost of healthcare in India compared to USA, UK and South Africa is the main aspect that attracts Sudanese to look at India with lot of hope. The findings by International Medical Travel Journal (IMTJ) show that the average range of savings in India is 65-90 percent. For example, heart surgery costs over US$ 70,000 in the USA and about US$ 15,000 in South Africa; but just about US$ 5,000 in India.
The growing burden of cardiac issues is a matter of big concern but it is not given the attention it deserves. It is specifically happening in Sudan. Cardiac surgeries remain one of the top four procedures for which globally located patients travel to India. One can estimate about 10 percent patients visit India for cardiac surgeries. In 2010, about 17,000 Sudanese traveled to South Africa for their medical treatments. India is continuously taking the market share away from South Africa for medical value travel due to low price tag. But the growth potential is huge. For every ten patients visiting India for medical value travel, one would undoubtedly be for cardiac care. Hence, the cardiac surgeons in India, hospitals, and medical value travel companies are working aggressively at capturing the share of medical value travel business from South Africa and other major countries. Cost is the key driver, but quality of healthcare, brand name and the expertise of the surgeons are the other key components.
The hospitals and medical staff in India have the right expertise and state-of-the-art equipment to conduct even the most complex cardiac surgical procedures. Therefore, Sudanese need to travel abroad to looking for better healthcare options. The cost of complex surgeries is about three times higher in South Africa, USA or UK as compared to that in India. With poverty being one of the major drawbacks of Sudan, the patients obviously are looking for pocket-friendly medical packages. That’s where India comes to their rescue. Despite of the exorbitantly low costs treatments, the quality of service you get is world-class and the waiting time is almost nil.
Cardiac surgeons in India, the hospitals and medical value travel providers should work with Ministry of Health and Child care in Sudan to raise the number of Sudanese visiting India for healthcare reasons, especially for cardiac procedures.
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 cardiac 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 cardiac 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 Sudan 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 Sudan to India
The Embassy of India in Khartoum, Sudan is open from 0900 hours to 1130 hours on all working days. After completion of the visa service request, the passports can be collected from 1530 and 1630 hours on the date indicated.Eligibility:
- International Travellers whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation , sight seeing , casual visit to meet friends or relatives, short duration medical treatment or casual business visit.
- Passport should have at least six months validity.
- International Travellers should have return ticket or onward journey ticket,with sufficient money to spend during his/her stay in India.
- International Travellers having Pakistani Passport or Pakistani origin may please apply for regular Visa at Indian Mission.
- Not available to Diplomatic/Official Passport Holders.
- For details: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html
Documents required for submission of Visa Application to India for Sudanese nationals
All Individual visa seekers are requested to apply for the Indian Visa through online application link by typing the http://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/. The Embassy never asks for online payment. A print out of application form completed in all respect should be submitted at the Embassy of India, Khartoum, in person on the scheduled date along with the required documents as mentioned under the required document section of this Embassy website.
- Online India Visa Application allows the Applicant to upload a digital photograph of self to complete the online visa application. It is advised that 15-20 kb and 2 inch x 2 inch size of Photo is ideal for upload. Application without photo upload is incomplete and shall not be accepted. Read the Guidelines/procedure to upload a digital photograph along with the Visa application.
- Application shall be accepted only on schedule date as written on the right side of printed online application form.
- Online visa system does not accept application with any mistake (substantial or spelling). Therefore, kindly re-check and insure that there is no mistake in online application form before approaching to the Embassy on scheduled date.
- Furnish information exactly in the manner asked for in the forms. All entries must be same as your passport detail. Applicants are required to verify the application details before submitting the online application. They have an option to save the online application form, in case it is not to be submitted.
- Once the online application form is submitted by the applicant, further modifications are not allowed. Hence applicants are requested to check and validate the details before submitting the online application form. Applicants are requested to keep the File Number (generated automatically after the submission of online form) for further communications.
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.
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