Kenya takes the lead in medical tourism

Private health and wellness facilities are setting Kenya apart as one of the key medical tourist destinations in Africa, a new report shows.

The Economic Development in Africa Report 2017 released by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) last week shows Kenya is one of Africa’s top beneficiaries of cross-border travel for medical purposes.
Its health and wellness facilities are wooing hundreds of visitors from neighbouring states and helping to boost tourism industry.

“The medical tourism is marked by African nationals seeking high-end specialised medical services and primary health-care services, increasingly in other African countries,” the report titled Tourism for Transformative and Inclusive Growth states.

Apart from Kenya, Egypt, Mauritius, Morocco, South Africa and Tunisia are also cited as top destinations for European and Africans seeking medical services.

The report states that a number of Europeans also pour into Africa every year seeking low-cost, high-quality specialised medical services and cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

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Source: Business Day