Indian Medical Mission records at least 100 surgeries so far
By Chukwuka Ugokwe /Innocent Aghanti
Awka, Oct. 30, 2018 (MOI) Not less than 100 surgeries have been recorded by a team of Indian doctors being sponsored by Rotary International for a 10-day free Medical Mission to Anambra State.
The 20-man medical professionals from diverse areas of specialisation had been undertaking free treatment of patients at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital (COOUTH), Awka.
Deputy Team Leader, Dr Hrushikesh Keskar told newsmen at the hospital that they were expecting to perform not less than 60 more surgeries before the expiration of the allotted time-frame for the Mission.
“So far, we have had not less than 100 surgeries and we are hoping to have 50 or more from now until the day we shall depart,’’ he said.
He explained that some of the surgeries were carried out to remedy some complex cases and complications in areas of gynaecology, orthopaedics and paediatrics.
While stating that all the surgeries were successful, he commended the management and staff of the hospital for their co-operation and support services.
“The patients have been responding well to treatment and there have been no issues so far with regards to most of the patients; everybody here is very happy at the way the patients have been operated upon.
“We have received maximum co-operation from the Chief Medical Director, Dr Basil Nwankwo and the entire hospital management. We are happy with the whole process so far,’’ Keskar said.
He described their trip to the state as fulfilling and rewarding, stressing that they worked round the clock from 6am to 6pm daily to achieve the desired result.
One of the patients with nasal blockage operated upon, Master Kamsiyochukwu Ifezue, 17, from Nnewi community, commended Rotary International for sponsoring the medical outreach and called for its sustenance.
The patient who spoke through his mother, Mrs Edith Ifezue, narrated how he had been suffering from nasal blockage that appeared to have defied medical solution for several years.
“I thank God for the medical surgeons for coming to my rescue. I am a beneficiary of what is happening and I thank God for everything and I wish every other people here quick recovery.
“I thank the medical team for the good work. They have done well so far,’’ she said. (MOI)