Aga Khan University Hospital hosted His Excellency Jakaya Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania for a tour of the Heart and Cancer Centre. Part of an official visit aimed to boost the ties between Kenya and Tanzania His Excellency was accompanied by a delegation of cabinet ministers and government officials.
The Heart and Cancer Centre (HCC), a regional asset with an investment of over US$ 50 million was inaugurated in July last year, by His Excellency President Mwai Kibaki in the presence of His Highness the Aga Khan. It was established in response to the growing need for world class care, for chronic diseases, including heart disease and cancer. The HCC is also part of the Aga Khan University's Faculty of Health Sciences and is the only facility in the region involved in training doctors in the fields of oncology and cardiology.
President Kikwete noted that East Africans and the people from sub-Sahara Africa no longer need to travel abroad as the Centre provides high quality, international standard care and treatment. Currently the HCC serves patients not only from Kenya but from across the region.
Commenting on accessibility, Ms Asmita Gillani, CEO, AKUH,N said that the University Hospital's Patient Welfare Programme has supported over 4,500 treatments costing more than Ksh260 million for patients who cannot afford specialised care. “The University Hospital has also expanded access to quality health care by establishing 32 medical centres in the region including Arusha, Tanzania and Kampala, Uganda. A medical centre in Burundi is also planned."
Ms Gillani further noted that Aga Khan University, an international university with presence in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, is planning to establish its principal East African campus in Arusha, Tanzania that will house a Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Establishment of several graduate professional schools in disciplines, such as Media and Communications, Tourism and Leisure, and Management are also underway. President Kikwete commended the Aga Khan Development Network for the role they have played in the establishment of schools, hospitals and health clinics to undertaking initiatives for economic development and cultural preservation in Tanzania.
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