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In Anambra, Indian doctors record 144 surgeries, treat 722 patients



 A TEAM of 20 Indian medical professionals on a 10 – day free medical mission rounded off their assignment in the state, even as they recorded 144 successful surgeries and administered treatment to at least 722 patients.
The team, under the sponsorship of Rotary International, also trained 604 medical professionals at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital (COOUTH), Awka, on latest advancements in some areas of medical practice.
Leader of the team, Dr Jorsan Fernandez, told newsmen that they were leaving the hospital but not the patients, as they imparted knowledge through the training of medical practitioners, who would transfer their knowledge to patients left behind.
“The mission did not end here, it continues. Whatever we have taught the people here in Nigeria, they will continue in that line to carry out treatments.
“We saw no fewer than 722 patients in all the departments and we were able to operate on 144 patients in all fields like gynaecology, paediatrics and orthopaedics.
“We trained 604 professionals in different skills and most of them excelled in the course of training. We presented them with certificates and gifts to encourage them,” he said.
Fernandez added that some drugs, equipment and other medical accessories had been left behind for further care-giving, management and treatment of patients suffering from various ailments.
While, appreciating the Chief Medical Director and management of the hospital for their maximum support during their stay. He thanked the state government for providing them with adequate security.
The Chief Medical Director of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital (COOUTH), Dr Basil Nwankwo, said he was happy that the medical facility was chosen as the hosting centre for the programme by Rotary International.
He said surgeons,who partnered the Indian doctors benefited immensely and hoped that they would build on the knowledge gained to continue carrying out surgeries in the hospital to save more lives.
“Our people here are thankful to Rotary International for presenting them with this wonderful opportunity to attend to their health challenges without having to pay a dime for services,” Nwankwo added.
He confirmed that they were presented merit certificates by the Indian doctors as some of deserving medical professionals, including Mrs Nneka Obiako, Mrs Blessing Udokwu, Mrs Chiagozie Ibegbunam and Mrs Kosarachi Ekwealor.

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