The hospital is conducting the surgeries to six patients who were to seek the treatment abroad.
MOI director, Dr Respicious Boniface said the patients had undergone hip replacement and spinal operations. The surgeries, according to him, were conducted in six days.
Dr Boniface said that MOI and Zydus hospital signed an agreement in October last year to conduct spinal and hip clinics, sharing of experiences and training of staffs.
He said the clinics were conducted last year by doctors from both countries, but the surgeries were scheduled for this year.
“We are doing all these to upgrade our hospital to international standards. We want to offer similar services with those offered in India. Patients from Tanzania will not to travel to India to seek hip and spinal surgeries”, he said.
He explained that specialised doctors from Zydus hospital are providing support because the surgeries for hip replacements are complicated. He said the surgeries are conducted in modern and professional style compared to previous ones.
“We will in near future be able to conduct the operations without their assistance”, he said adding the operations take two hours only.
He said the decrease in operation time will also reduce the costs. He said currently, such surgeries cost between 4m/- and 5m/-. He linked the hip and spinal complications with the increased road accidents especially for people aged 60 years and above.
Dr Violeth Lupondo who is the specialised hip surgeon at MOI, said with the acquired skills, they will now be able to conduct similar surgeries locally.
“We want our hospital to offer specialised medical services. Tanzanians will now benefit from the services locally because we are using modern technologies that are being used by doctors abroad”, she said.