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Medical tourism: Dubai brings healthcare solutions to Nigeria


Sheena Binny Kurian (left) and Aysha Al Aleeli of Dubai Health Experience with, Rasha Kayyal, Senior Events Manager of Segma, organisers of the Dubai-Africa Partnership For Better Health Roadshow at the Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos

Dubai is not only recognised as one of the best tourist destination in the world, it is fast becoming a recognised and preferred option for medical tourism due to accessibility, high quality standards, as well highly equipped, modern medical facilities. All these factors are crucial when deciding on where to go for the best medical care and treatments.

In a bid to showcase its diverse health care providers, as well as share information that is crucial and beneficial to those seeking specialised health care outside Nigeria, Dubai Emirates, through the Dubai-Africa Partnership for Better Health Roadshow recently staged a medical exhibition at the Eko Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The exhibition brings together health care providers and medical organisations from across Dubai, to visit destinations representing important and growing sources of health and medical tourism to the Emirate from around the world.

Successfully launched in March 2017 by Segma, an event organiser and management firm based in Dubai, UAE, the first leg of the road show successfully covered West Africa, with visits to Lagos in Nigeria and Accra, under the patronage of Dubai Health Authority (DHA) in association with Dubai Health Experience (DXH) and Emirates Airline being the Official Partner. This year, the second leg of the Dubai-Africa Health Partnership, is covering East Africa with events held in Nairobi, Kenya on July 17 and subsequently, Lagos, Nigeria on Thursday, July 19, 2018.

Officially kicked-off with a welcome speech by Aysha Al Aleeli of Dubai Health Experience, with Rasha Kayyal, the Senior Events Manager of Segma, the organisers of the Dubai-Africa Partnership For Better Health Roadshow in attendance, the medical exhibition, which featured 14 exhibitors (healthcare providers across a wide range of fields and areas of speciality), gave attendees the opportunity to meet and engage with the healthcare providers one-on-one. The Health Bank, Dubai and The Neuro Spinal Hospital, Dubai were part of the exhibitors. Representatives from the Dubai Health Experience were also present, as it was a great opportunity to find out what Dubai has to offer with regards to Medical Tourism.

The impact and importance of this platform, the Dubai-Africa Partnership For Better Health, and what it means for Nigeria, cannot be overemphasised. It not only brings together the top medical service providers, it also allows attendees to engage with both the medical experts and representatives from the Dubai Health Authority.

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