uMhlathuze welcomes the first Pan-African Health Tourism Congress with media discussion panel
[Johannesburg, 21 February 2017] -
From the moment the world's first human heart transplant was conducted on the shores of South Africa back in the 1960s, the world has engaged with the country as a hub of medical excellence, and its impact has cast a larger net across the continent, as it grows from strength to strength.South Africa has a history of excellence in healthcare and healthcare innovation, having positioned itself at the forefront of some of the world's most celebrated procedures. In recent years, the country has emerged as a serious contender within the health tourism industry; one of the fastest growing globally. However, health tourism in South Africa and the rest of the continent is relatively new and lacks the organisation and statistics needed to maintain its rise globally. As such, a dire need emerged for the creation of a platform that will allow for open discussions on its current state.In response to this need, Pan-African Health Tourism Congress was born. The first of its kind targeted at not only South Africa, but the rest of the continent, the congress will bring together experts from around the world who will give presentations linking medicine and tourism, and build a business case for the viability of the industry. Poised for significant growth with South Africa in particular, health tourism in Africa is currently being positioned to play a significant role within the global framework, given its pioneering role in the medical field, highly skilled doctors, exceptional medical care, supported by state-of-the-art facilities, along with one of the world's fastest growing tourism industries in the world.