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Obesity Surgery Medical Value Travelers from Rwanda to India

Obesity Surgery

Obesity is a risk factor for premature mortality from Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) and Diabetes as well as all-cause mortality. Often, this medical condition is linked to a reduced quality of life, including the physical limitations, fatigue, high blood pressure and body pain. Bariatric surgical procedures or Obesity surgeries cause weight loss by restricting the amount of food the stomach can hold, causing malabsorption of nutrients, or by a combination of both gastric restriction and malabsorption. Bariatric surgery can help you lose as much as 85 percent or more of your surplus weight and often has a huge impact on your overall health.

Data from World Obesity Federation says that worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980. Nearly one-third of the world’s population is obese and it has reached epidemic proportions making it the fifth leading risk for global deaths. At least 2.8 million adults die each year as a result of being overweight or obese.

Obesity is a serious clinical condition and there are many diseases associated with it. Some of them are:

  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Enlarged Heart
  • Venous disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Acid Reflux
  • Varicose Veins
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Menstrual Irregularities and Infertility
  • Fatty Liver Disease

Struggling with weight issues makes a patient easily feel beleaguered by the weight loss options and be dismayed by the setbacks. Many people have heard of Obesity or Bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgery or Obesity surgery is primarily for those who are morbidly obese. It helps when diet and exercises fail to show the desired results. The types of Weight Loss surgery are:

  • Gastric Sleeve
  • Gastric Bypass
  • Duodenal Switch
  • Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch
  • Gastric Balloon
  • vBloc Therapy
  • AspireAssist

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.

Obesity surgery in India: the Best Option

Global Nutrition Report (GNR) says that the number of obese people is increasing in both rich and poor sections, affecting more than two billion people globally. Thus, there is an immense pressure on the medical professionals worldwide to curb this crucial issue. India can proudly claim to offer very reasonable priced and comprehensive Obesity surgeries to cater not only to the domestic population but also to the patients located globally.

Over the years, India has been setting high standards in medical, surgical care and patient handling. The Obesity Surgery Society of India (OSSI) says that in the area of Obesity surgery, India has excellent medical service facilities and the highly-qualified Bariatric surgeons use the most progressive techniques and surgical options. One of the major advantages of choosing Obesity Surgery done in India is the huge number of weight loss surgeries performed. As a result, both the professional and the ancillary staff are acquainted with the unique needs of Obesity surgery patients. Not only this, there are multi-specialties like Endocrinology, Psychiatry, Cardiology, and well-trained support personnel and excellent infrastructure to provide comprehensive care for obese patients.

Obesity surgeons in India are very proficient and have been educated at the leading institutes in India and abroad, say the experts from the Indian Medical Association (IMA). Following their education, they undergo specialized training in well-known institutes around the world. Having brought their knowledge back to India, these surgeons have been offering the best treatments to patients from all around the world, ensuring supreme patient care and satisfaction. There are tailor-made treatments available coupled with adequate facilities to meet every patient’s necessities.

Grave shortage of expert Medical Hands in Rwanda

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared obesity as the epidemic of this century. It has been predicted that by 2030, that there will be 1.12 billion obese individuals globally. Worldwide, 41 million children, ages 5 years and under, are obese. This number is expected to rise to more than 70 million in the next decade, according to the report, prepared by the WHO’s Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity. The greatest increase in the number of obese children is coming from low and middle-income countries.

Statistics from Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) indicate that Obesity is gradually increasing among Rwandans which is posing a major threat. Statistics indicate that 22 percent of Rwandan population is obese; the risk of becoming obese is high among women in Rwanda compared with men. Rwanda faces a dire shortage of qualified healthcare professionals due to ignorance and underfunding, in the key areas of specialization. Even though basic healthcare amenities are guaranteed in the constitution of Rwanda, the ground reality is actually a sorry picture. Current statistics show that the country has only 725 healthcare professionals making the ratio one doctor to 16,000 patients. This does not meet the WHO recommendation of at least a doctor to 10,000 patients. The best medical staff has moved to other places for better opportunities and unfortunately the remainder medical staff does not have adequate medical facilities to cater to healthcare needs of the population in poor health.

The Rwanda Medical Association (RMA) says that there is severe lack of guidance and knowledge due to which the Rwandans facing this medical condition do not have access to any means of correction. Qualified healthcare personnel prefer postings in urban areas rather than rural areas, which obviously require more attention. Thus, shortage of medical experts forces the Rwandans to look for critical Obesity treatments in other countries.

Obesity Surgery patients from Rwanda to India

Needless to say that price tag is a very important factor when you are considering any country for availing treatment. Many travel to neighboring African countries such as South Africa, Mozambique, etc.; some travel to countries as far away as India, Singapore, Dubai, etc. But when it comes to huge cost benefits, India is leading the way – as much as 65-90 percent as compared to USA and UK, says the latest Medical Tourism Market Report. Patients from Rwanda have been traveling abroad for medical treatments for years now. Owing to huge difference in the prices, they obviously prefer India. Thus, India has been witnessing a steady inflow of 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 feature that attracts Rwandans to travel to India. 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 Rwanda visiting India for Bariatric surgery or Obesity procedures can be estimated. With the increase in Obesity, the requirement for Obesity surgical procedures remains one of the top procedures for which worldwide patients travel to India. If 2,000 Rwandans would visit India every year, out of that, about 200 would be visiting for Obesity surgeries alone. Presently, more than 10,000 patients travel to South Africa for their various treatments from Rwanda. But the advantages of lower price tag and healthcare services of the finest quality remain with India and medical value travel providers and hospitals in India are, therefore, giving South African hospitals a hard time retaining their standards.

A wide range of exceptional medical treatment packages are offered in India at a very reasonable price. The hospitals and medical staff in India have the right expertise, state-of-the-art equipment and more than 80 percent cost benefit, to offer in the arena of Obesity surgeries. Also, there are internationally trained Nutritionists, Counselors, and Bariatric physicians, to ensure safe and effective results. 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. Further growth potential is huge. A focused and collaborated effort by Indian Hospitals, Medical Value Travel providers along with Ministry of Health and Child Care in Rwanda would be essential to ensure the betterment of these medical tourists.

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 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


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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