By Chioma Umeha
The Rotary International District 910 Nigeria in partnership with the Rotary International District 3020 India has commenced free medical surgery, screening and medication to Nigerians, especially the indigent.
The Rotary International District in both countries is also conducting free training for Nigerian Doctors working together on the humane Exercise.
Already, a seven-man Indian team of medical doctors arrived Nigeria on an eight-day medical exercise, which started on Friday, June 8 and ended on Thursday, June 15 at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH) Shagamu Annexe Remo, Ogun State.
The team treated over 400 patients with different ailments.
The team comprises of Plastic Surgeons, Dental Surgeons, Amethysts and Alaproscopic Surgeon who are performing free surgeries, screening and medications on beneficiaries with equipment, worth over N113 million, which subsequently would be donated to the host, OOUTH.
The visiting Indian doctors are providing free Plastic Surgeries, on Cleft Lip, Contra General Surgeries on Hernia, Hemorrhoids, Lumps, Orthopedic Surgeries on Limb Deformities, Corrective Surgeries, Urology-Prostate, Circumcision, Hypospadia, Gynecology.
Other surgeries include, Fibroids, UV Prolapsed, Ovarian Dental – Dental Caries, Dental Abscess and Gingivitis.
The rest are Retained Primer Teeth Fractures, Maligned Teeth, and Discolored Teeth among others.
Commenting on the exercise, the Commissioner for Health in Ogun State, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, confirmed that about 400 persons have benefitted from free surgery.
The commissioner disclosed this when he flagged off the exercise at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), in Sagamu. Ipaye said the philosophy behind the free surgery was to give succour to indigent citizens, who could not afford costs of the operation or travel abroad for such surgery.
He said Governor Ibikunle Amosun has mandated his ministry to partner local and international agencies in making life more better and meaningful for the masses of the state.
“The cost of such surgery is usually high, which our people, especially those living in rural areas and the aged, might not be able to afford. As you can see here today, we are attending to about 400 beneficiaries, including victims of hernia, glaucoma, breast biopsy, burn excision/debridement and other life threaten ailments, free of charge and you know how much it would gulp in dollars or pounds sterling if travelling the United States of Amercia or the United Kingdom for such treatment.”
In his remarks at the occasion the Project Coordinator, Rotn Dr. Olufemi Akodu expressed the Rotary International District 9110’s Cooperation enjoyed from the visiting District 3020 Indian Doctors, the Ogun State Govt. and the overwhelming cooperation and assistance enjoyed from them all especially, the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Shagamu, Medical and Paramedical Staff, on such a very wonderful success.
He expressed the determination of Indians, especially the District 3020 Rotary International to ensure the success of the exercise.
Commenting on the event, Elder Godwin Emenahor, a 77-year-old Farmer from Edo State, Mrs. Mare Oluwatosin from Akure , Mrs. Jesunowo Adefunke from Ogba, Massion David Williams from Lagos, some of the beneficiaries, expressed appreciation to the organisers for removing them from obscurity, eternal pains and pangs of poverty.