Indian doctors return after conducting polio corrective surgeries in Nigeria

A team of Rotarian doctors from India has returned home after conducting over 780 polio corrective surgeries at Abuja in Nigeria.

The team of 25 doctors and volunteers completed 780 surgeries on 353 polio-afflicted patients during the nine-day camp organised at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, and Federal Medical Centre at Keffi in Nassarawa State, both near Abuja, said Rajendra K Saboo, former world president of Rotary International who conceived the project.

As many as 600 patients were pre-selected from the polio-endemic areas with the help of Federal Minister of Health, Nigeria, and brought to Kubwa for screening besides many other walk-in patients at both the camps.

Saboo said the 25-member team of Rotarian doctors comprised 12 ortho-surgeons, five anesthesiologists, one pathologist, one general surgeon and six volunteers. They arrived in Abuja on December 2 and engaged themselves in screening the patients at National Youth Service Corps camp in Kubwa, he added.

The efforts of doctors were acknowledged by the Nigerian government who assured they would step up the efforts to eradicate polio from Nigeria, which is one of the three polio-endemic countries. These doctors were hand-picked as they had the expertise in treating similar patients in India.

Nigeria's Federal Minister of Health, Dr Onyebuchi Chukwu, who is a orthopedic surgeon and a Rotarian, joined the doctors to conduct a polio corrective surgery on a six-year-old girl from Zamfara, as a gesture of solidarity with the team.

This was 26th inter-continental medicare mission after the one initiated by Saboo way back in 1998, engaging Indian doctors to serve beyond borders.

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