The medical team of the State House Clinic in Abuja has entered into partnership with the Indian Government to bring succour to people with cancer, kidney and heart-related ailments in Nigeria.

The health initiative, which is in conjunction with Apollo Hospital in New Delhi, India, is expected to offer consultancy on malignant cancer, end-stage heart failure and remedies as well as kidney transplant.

The Medical Director in charge of State House Clinic, Dr. Munir Yakasai, announced the partnership while addressing State House correspondents yesterday in Abuja.

He said: “It is a friendly medical collaboration. This has been going on for long, for almost six to seven years now. We noticed that a lot of patients from Nigeria have been going to India for treatment.

“Some of them are, of course, our patients. We noticed that among those hospitals in India, Apollo Hospital happens to be one of the best so far that we have been getting good response and feedback from. Whenever we send our patients there, he/she comes back much better.”

The medical director also said the need to understudy India’s response to national health emergencies and guarantee qualitative health care provision informed the collaboration with Apollo Hospital.

Giving a history of how the collaboration started, Yakasai said: “Apollo Hospital approached us some years ago when they came and introduced their hospital to us. They delivered lectures and some of our workers were sent to India where they spent up to six weeks receiving training free of charge.

“This is something that we truly appreciate. Once in a while, they come around and give us lectures. If we have any question that requires their attention, we introduce such patients and they see them here. So, it is a good collaboration.”

Leader of the delegation, Dr. Varun Sukhija said Apollo has the largest group of hospitals in India with over 73.

He said the collaboration with State House Clinic is aimed at exchanging knowledge with Nigerian doctors.

“Our mission in Africa is always knowledge exchange programme. We don’t want a situation whereby patients must travel to India for treatment. We are creating a path through which there will be knowledge exchange with Nigerian doctors too.

“So, we also have many Nigerian doctors through that path and we are giving them training in Apollo Hospitals in New Delhi.

“We have over 73 centres where they are being trained. When they are done, they will come and give their services to their Nigerian colleagues and can give treatment to patients locally here in Nigeria also,” he said.