On 28th March 2021, the High Commissioner accompanied by the Economic Commercial Diplomacy officer made a working visit to EThekwini Hospital and Heart Centre (Lenmed) in Durban.

The High commissioner was welcomed to the Hospital by the Marketing Manager Ms. Sheena Duhnlal.

Ms.S. Duhnlal briefed the High commissioner about the Hospital. She informed that Lenmed’s story begun in 1984 when the Group opened its doors to its first clinic in the South of Johannesburg. Lenmed, she said, exists to heal. The Group, she reported, now operates 11 hospitals in 3 countries in Southern Africa, employs over 3000 people, has over 600 practicing doctors and treats over 200 000 patients every year.

Ms. Duhnlal further reported that Lenmed offers all major medical and surgical disciplines and offers 24 Hour Emergency care at all facilities. Some of the specialized departments at select hospitals are; cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery (adult and paediatric), gastroenterology, obstetrics, oncology, paediatrics and stroke.

The Group is constantly developing focused speciality centres to ensure provision of expert medical care when and where required. Key focus areas include:

• EThekwini Hospital and Heart Centre is the only facility to offer paediatric open-heart surgery in KwaZulu-Natal.

• There branch, Bokamoso Private Hospital is the only hospital in Botswana to offer cardiac services, vascular surgery and nuclear medicine.

• Royal Hospital and Heart Centre in the Northern Cape offers the only cardiac and radiotherapy service in the province.

Ms. Duhnlal also informed that the Hospital has a formal cooperation agreement with the Government of Botswana through that country’s Ministry of Health.

The High Commissioner thanked the Marketing Manager for the kind acceptance by the hospital to meet and discuss with her possible areas of cooperation with Uganda Government. She asked for further clarification of how the Hospital cooperates with the Botswana Government. She was informed that the Hospital gets referrals from Hospitals in Botswana and these referrals are guaranteed by the Botswana Government.

The High Commissioner inquired whether it was possible to have twinning programmes between EThekwini Hospital and Hospitals in Uganda, to which Ms. Duhnlal answered in the affirmative.

The High Commissioner requested the Hospital to offer training to Ugandan medical persons. Ms. Duhnlal agreed noting that this can be arranged.

After the meeting, Ms. Duhnlal took the High Commissioner on a guided tour around the hospital facilities. She also promised to avail the High Commission with probable costs of different treatments and surgeries offered by the hospital.

The High Commissioner, once again, thanked Ms Duhnlal for her exhaustive briefing and guided tour around the Hospital. They agreed that at an opportune time and moment the High Commissioner will invite Ms. Duhnlal to make a presentation to interested parties, both Government and private, regarding the services of their hospital.