By Martha Nuhu
Jos – Rotary International, District 3202, India and District 9125, Nigeria, have embarked on a free medical mission at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH).
Leader of the Indian team, Dr E.K Sagadhevan, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Jos, on Friday that so far, the activity which started on Jan. 29, to end on Feb. 10, 2020, has seen no fewer than 350 people undergoing various surgeries.
“We are here to join the Rotary Club here in Nigeria to provide medical assistance to the needy, we are here purposely to do surgeries and give medications to patients.
“So far, in just one week, myself and my team, which consist of 20 surgeons from different fields, have been able to perform over 350 different surgeries.
“On my team, we have four Opthamologists, three ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) surgeons, three dental surgeons, one paediatric surgeon, three gynaecological surgeons, and one fetal medical specialist,” Sagadhevan said.
He also disclosed that the team was in the country to also transfer knowledge and skills to doctors at the hospital and also train them on latest technology as was obtained in India.
He said that the team would also provide the hospital with high tech medical and surgical equipment so that it could provide better medical care to patients.
He thanked the staff and management of JUTH for their support, while expressing delight that they were able to put smiles on the faces of people who had lost hope.
Speaking, the immediate past District Governor of the Rotary Club, District 9125, Mr Elvis Chukwu, thanked Rotary for funding the project, stating that he was fulfilled it had come to fruition after conceiving the plan more than two years ago.
Elvis expressed joy that people who ordinarily could not afford some very expensive procedures, had been treated for free.
He stated that Rotary was all about bringing smiles to the faces of people; and urged more people to join the Rotary Club so that more good could be done for the world.
Responding on behalf of the benefiting patients who are recuperating in the wards, Mrs Mildred Nengak, thanked Rotary for coming to their aid when she thought all hope was lost.
NAN reports that some of the patients who benefited from the free medical gesture had been discharged and sent home with medications.