The Saudi German Hospital-Cairo Contributes to the Revitalization of Medical Tourism in Egypt Dr. Mohamed Hablas: “Egypt is a great asset in medicine therapeutic tourism” 14 November 2017
Over the past ten months, SGH – Cairo managed to welcome more than 5,000 patients from 100 different nationalities who wanted to benefit from their medical services. This indicates that hospitals and therapeutic centers can contribute to the promotion of medical tourism and highlight this important type of tourism which acquires from 5% to 10% of the total global tourism movement.
This shows the ability to increase the touristic flow in Egypt, and regain its leading role in this area, especially that Egypt has all the elements of success that qualify to attract thousands of tourists annually. SGH-Cairo statistics showed that, the most prominent Arab nationalities in the hospital were from Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Yemen, Kuwait and Lebanon. The Nigerians occupied the most frequent African nationality summit on the hospital, while the Europeans were from Britain, France, Italy, Canada, Switzerland, America and Canada, while China and South Korea topped the most Asian countries. Dr. Mohamed Hablas, the Executive Director of the Saudi German Hospital, said: “This success can strongly contribute to Egypt becoming one of the important touristic destinations on the map of medical tourism in the world, thanks to the great development in tourism, and Egypt’s possession of enormous resources, as well as directing large investments to support and stimulate medical tourism.” He added that Egypt is a great treasure in the field of medical tourism because it possesses many components, including the different kinds of treatment in all the governorates, besides the hospitals and the advanced analytical laboratories, which can be utilized to provide healthcare services to tourists, in framework of a comprehensive program to visit touristic areas and access the hotel accommodation in the same place for the patient and his companions, explaining that the medical investment in Egypt will play a major role in supporting the national economy. As Egypt has been known as one of the most important medical tourism destinations in the region for its medical institutions and resorts represented in 16 internal and coastal sites where natural remedies are available for many diseases including rheumatic diseases, vitiligo and psoriasis, as well as various recreational facilities including sports programs under medical supervision, making it on the top of the world’s best recuperation places.