Rotary Clubs’ Medical Mission to Anambra gulps $90,000
By Chukwuka Ugokwe/Harriet Ajoku /Chukwudi Nwauba: Awka, Oct. 24, 2018 (MOI)
Rotary Club District 1942-backed Medical Mission to Anambra State is costing the International Rotary about $90,000.
The international arm of Rotary is bankrolling the Indian Medical team to undertake the Mission to Anambra State.
In Anambra, they would treat indigent patients suffering from different ailments free of charge by the 20-man medical doctors. The team arrived in Awka for the 10-day exercise.
Leader of the team, Dr Jorsan Fernandez told newsmen at Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Teaching Hospital (COOUTH), Awka on Oct. 24.
``We are spending almost $90,000 on this medical mission, but it does not stop there; whatever funding we have is going to be used in subsequent medical missions,’’ he said.
Dr Fernandez, an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon, added that the team would attend to health challenges of patients suffering from diverse sicknesses.
``We will also impart knowledge to our Nigerian colleagues, the health professionals in the teaching hospital.
``We are also here to transmit our skills to Nigerian doctors to enhance their practice, which will invariably benefit patients in meeting their health needs.
``I do understand that they have problems in sourcing funding for equipment.
``We have come here with different kinds of equipment for the treatment and we will leave them behind at the end of the Mission, for their use in training of medical students,’’ Dr Fernandez added.
He said they were medical experts in the team, drawn from many faculties for this mission to ensure maximum coverage of the health needs of the patients.
They are Orthopaedic surgeons, Gynaecologists, Dentists, Paediatricians, ENT Surgeons, Ophthalmologists, Urologists and General Surgeons.
The equipment include Microscopes, Dental and Surgical equipment, Orthopaedic drills and Projectors.
Answering question on prospects of polio eradication in Nigeria, Dr Fernandez says: ``way back in 1980s we (Indians) had 50 per cent of World’s polio deaths in India.
``That was one single parameter that spoke so badly for India; but in 2011 India was declared polio free. The effort is nothing but teamwork by Indian health officials at various stages.
``As a call to national service, the medical teams accompanied by paramedics and others like the Red Cross, Boy Scouts, Girls Guides and supported by business community and corporate bodies, took on the challenge headlong,’’ he said.
Mr Lawrence Okwuani, an Abuja-based Rotaract, who is the primary contact person to Rotary International Medical Mission, said the team in Anambra State would treat many indigent patients.
He also confirmed that they would train doctors in latest advancement in some areas of medical practice.
``There are so many indigent patients in Nigeria, who do not have money for treatment of their critical sicknesses.
``India is a bit better than us in medical science and that is why they decided to come and assist us in treating some patients that have cases that can be handled within their limited time here.
``They will attend to them because they do not have the resources for such treatment,’’ Okwuani said.
One of the team members, Dr Monzkd Kvllolj, a Gynaecologist said, ``the Indian environment is not different from what is obtainable here.
``We are enjoying the food and hospitality being extended to us by our colleagues and the Anambra State Government,’’ she said.
Some patients, who spoke to newsmen, said that they were optimistic that their health would be restored during this Mission by the Indian medical team.
The patients include the likes of Mr Thomas Chukwurah from Umunnachi, suffering from elephantiasis for about 20 years now; Mr Cyprian Enwedu, who for three months had been suffering from urination difficulty.
Mrs Philomena Nweke from Nsugbe with 40-year-old, daughter suffering a leg fracture.