The Nairobi County has partnered with I HOPE International, an American based NGO to offer free surgeries to more than 100 patients living in Nairobi.
The surgeries which started last week seeks to benefit patients suffering from chronic diseases and will be available at Mbagathi Hospital, Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital and Pumwani Maternity Hospital respectively until May 10, 2019.
Speaking on Thursday while officiating the camp, Nairobi Governor, Mike Sonko said that the initiative is aimed at benefiting the underprivileged members of the society who are suffering from different chronic ailments.
“We are doing this for the benefit of those who are not able to access urgent medical services due to their financial challenges,” said Sonko.
The County Chief Health Officer, Washington Makodingo has expressed optimism that the free medical camp by County doctors and the US medics will offer crucial treatment to people who would otherwise be disadvantaged financially.
“I have so far supervised 12 caesarean cases at Pumwani Maternity Hospital and the numbers are expected to improve,” Makodingo confirmed.
Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital Medical Superintendent, Dr. Musa Mohamed noted that so far more than 90 patients are lined up for major operations at the facility.
“We are set for major surgeries starting on Thursday. Patients who are suffering from different ailments will be operated on by our doctors together with the team from US who will here for the next two weeks,” Dr. Mohamed said.
Dr. Mohamed further revealed that as a hospital they will also open a third surgical room in their facility as well as launch a high quality laparoscopy.
At the Mbagathi District Hospital, at least 15 patients are also set for surgeries with Mbagathi Medical Superintendent, Joseph Karani, stating that so far they have treated and discharged hundreds of patients at the hospital under the program.
At least 10 specialist doctors from I HOPE International are already in Nairobi and will be collaborating with the local doctors in the three hospitals during the camp.
By Alice Gworo