The Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) last week Thursday entered into a mutual relationship with the Apollo Hospital of India that will see both hospitals exchange ideas through training and equipment.

The relationship, according to Dr. Alok Ranjan, will see the Apollo Hospital bring its ?excellent secondary and tertiary healthcare care systems? to the KBTH.  

The partnership will allow doctors from KBTH to attend Apollo Hospital for further training to enhance their ability and capacity in their areas of speciality, while referrals can also be recommended from the KBTH to the Apollo Hospital in India for further treatment.

?It is not going to be a short relationship, it will be a long relationship so that ultimately we learn something from you and you learn something from us and both of us benefit — and ultimately the people of the country benefit,? Dr. Alok said at a briefing after touring the KBTH.

He said, after touring parts of the facility at the hospital, there is need for the two hospitals to work together to improve the healthcare of patients because they share a common vision in the treatment of patients.

?Treatment of patients is not only about technology but also about human passion, care and a combination of everything,? he added.

The Chief Executive Officer of the KBTH, Professor Nii Otu Nartey, revealed that the hospital has always had a close relationship with India, revealing that the neem trees planted around in  premises the hospital were brought by Indians to provide shade for patients .

He praised the Apollo Hospital for being able to advance its treatment of patients to a very high level that made it possible for almost 100 percent of Indians to be treated in India, something he said was not possible in Ghana.

?At the moment many Ghanaians have to go outside (abroad) for treatment for a lot of ailments, and this really affects our foreign exchange and it costs a lot for a developing nation like ours,? Prof Nartey said.

?So we want to establish a relationship with you, whereby you can give us affordable treatment for our patients that go for treatment outside and start the training of the specialties that we need,? he added.

Dr. Justice Duffu Yankson, Assistant General Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association who was present at the function, said the GMA is very happy with the training prospects that the Apollo set-up will provide to its members.

?The quality of your service is next to nothing in the world and comes at a relatively cheaper cost to the patient; we hope that this partnership will work, and we will give you our support,? he said.

The Apollo Hospital has over 8,500 beds across 50 hospitals within and outside India, is one of the largest healthcare groups in Asia and has some of the best hospitals in India.

Apollo Hospitals India unites exceptional clinical success rates and superior technology with centuries-old traditions of eastern care and warmth, with over 26 million patients across the globe.

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