Uganda tourism sector is so much based on natural resources like wildlife in national parks, water bodies like source of the Nile, lake victoria, mountains like Rwenzori, Elgon but less has been done to uplift medical tourism and yet it’s one of the potentials which the tourism sector can develop to help the country increase the number of Safari Tours to Uganda. Medical tourism for so long has been left to few tourism destinations like India, South Africa, Saudi Arabia as well as Kenya to small extent mainly because these famous countries have traditionally developed medical infrastructures.
The country has the potential of becoming a
medical tourism destination because it has one of the well-established
national hospitals in the whole of East African region like Mulago main
hospital, Nsambya Hospital, Norvik Hospital & Research Center ltd,
International Hospital – Kampala(IHK, Rubaga Hospital, Butabika Hospital
(National Mental Referral Hospital, Case Medical Center, among others.
All these can be well positioned to help make Uganda global Health
reference point where travelers from different parts of the World under
take Uganda safaris to
come and seek medical health . With Uganda Heart Institute's in Mulago
acquisition of the catheterization laboratory, the tourism sector should
capitalize on that to market the equipment to other countries within
the region. This will help to attract patients from countries like
Rwanda, South Sudan, and Kenya to undertake safaris to Uganda when seeking for medical help.
Besides the hospitals, Uganda is also blessed with different natural
hot springs which are proved to be healing some serious diseases a case
in point is Sempaya hot spring and Kitagata hot springs also dubbed
Mulago, the main hospital .The hot spring is believed to have healing
power to various illnesses. Many local people and others from nearby
countries while on their Uganda safaris try
to visit this site but the magnitude is low and hence there is need to
develop and reposition the hot spring to potential medical travelers
looking for destinations to visit. the pearl of Africa also has the
other prominent hot spring called Amoropii hot springs which is
positioned in northern Uganda. The spring is believed to do healing
miracles for different visitors on Uganda safari tours. Uganda’s hot springs are perfect locations for rehabilitation clinics for those travelers with disabilities.
Despite of the potential to become medical tourism destination,
Ugandan government has to do a lot to improve on the health
infrastructure and also invite expert doctors from countries like china
to help train the doctors on how to handle different illnesses. To the
tourism stake holders, there is need to aggressively market the medical
tourism potential and this can help to attract travelers to undertake safaris to Uganda.
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