Obesity Surgery Medical Value Travelers from Sudan to India
These days, ‘Obesity’ and Weight Loss’ are the two buzzwords that we get to hear a lot. Weight loss surgery or Bariatric surgery is a complex medical condition that occurs when an individual has too much body fat. Data from World Obesity Federation says that worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980. Often, this medical condition is associated with a lower life expectancy and a reduced quality of life, including the physical limitations, fatigue, high blood pressure and body pain. Obesity surgery can help you lose as much as 85 percent or more of your excess weight and often has a huge impact on your overall health.
When you struggle with weight issues, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by your weight loss options and the results are more often very dismaying. Many people have heard of obesity or bariatric surgery – it can reward you in many ways when diet and exercises fail to show the desired results. Bariatric surgery or obesity surgery is primarily for those who are morbidly obese. There are seven types of Weight Loss surgery:
- Gastric Sleeve
- Gastric Bypass
- Duodenal Switch
- Gastric Balloon
- vBloc Therapy
There are Bariatric surgeons, Endocrinologist, Cardiologist, Bariatric nutritionist, Psychologist, Physiotherapist and trained Anesthetist, who provide comprehensive care from evaluation to post surgery support and follow up.
Special Services for 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.
Obesity surgery: India in a leading position
Medical research, education and healthcare technology in India are quite advanced and at par with the leading countries around the world. In the area of obesity surgery, India has excellent medical service facilities and the doctors use the most progressive techniques and surgical options. India can now boast about offering comprehensive obesity surgeries with a holistic approach to cater not only to the domestic population but also to the patients located worldwide.
Global Nutrition Report (GNR) says that the number of obese people is increasing in both rich and poor sections, affecting two billon people globally. Thus, there is an immense pressure on the doctors worldwide to curb this crucial issue. Obesity surgeons in India are very proficient and have been educated at the premier institutes in India and abroad. Following their education, they underwent specialized training in well-known institutes around the world. Having brought their know-how back to India, these surgeons have been offering the best treatments to patients from all around the world, ensuring supreme patient care and satisfaction. Further, the treatments offered have a very low complication rate, and are approved by World Health Organization (WHO).
Critical shortage of expert Medical Practitioners in Sudan
The prevalence of obesity in Sudan in alarming and the WHO declared obesity as the epidemic of this century. The Sudan Association of Physicians (SAP) has reported an obesity rate of 53.9 percent in Sudan and the situation is getting worse day-by-day. Even though basic healthcare and reproductive healthcare are guaranteed in the constitution of Sudan, the ground reality is quite the opposite. There is an acute shortage of medical practitioners due to neglect and underfunding. The best medical staff has moved abroad for better opportunities and unfortunately the remainder medical staff is overworked and does not have ample medical facilities to cater to healthcare needs of the ailing population in the country. A study done by the Internal Journal of Science and Research (IJSR), says that there is severe lack of guidance and awareness due to which the Sudanese people, who are facing this medical condition do not have access to any methods of correction. Shortage of medical experts in Sudan leads these people to look for critical Obesity treatments in hospitals in India.
Obesity Surgery patients from Sudan to India
Lack of proper healthcare facilities is an open secret now. As a result, patients from Sudan have been traveling abroad for medical treatments for years. Many travel to 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 travel to India. The findings by International Medical Travel Journal (IMTJ) show that the average range of savings in India is 65-90 percent. The cost of Bariatric surgery in India is much less than in the western countries. In USA or UK the cost of obesity surgery costs approximately $15,000 - $25,000 whereas in India it starts from $5500.
The growth potential of medical value travel business from Sudan visiting India for Bariatric surgery or Obesity procedures can be estimated. As the number of obese people are continually on the rise, obesity surgical procedures remain one of the top procedures for which worldwide patients travel to India. If 2,000 Sudanese would visit India every year, out of that, about 200 would be visiting for Obesity surgeries alone. Presently, around 10,000 patients travel to South Africa for their various treatments from Sudan. The advantages of lower price tag and quality are with India and medical value travel providers and hospitals in India are, therefore, giving South African hospitals a hard time maintaining their standards.
The hospitals and medical staff in India have the right expertise and state-of-the-art equipment and 60-80 percent cost benefit, to conduct the Obesity surgeries. International Journal of Health Management and Tourism (IJHMT) reports that the number of medical tourists coming to the country for medical purposes was 200,000 in 2016, with the number continually on the rise.
Also, there are internationally trained nutritionist, counselor, and Bariatric physicians, to ensure safe and effective results. No wonder, several thousand Sudanese opt for India to seek treatments for their Obesity issues since many years now. Further growth potential is huge. A determined and collaborated effort by Indian Hospitals, Medical Value Travel providers along with Ministry of Health and Child Care in Sudan would be necessary to guarantee the betterment of such suffering people.
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 obesity 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 bariatric obesity 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 Malawi 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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