A group of 28 Indian doctors left the country Wednesday, September 16, 2015 after conducting a total of 310 life-saving surgeries and seeing over 2,000 out-patients at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe.
Organised by Rotary Club of Lilongwe, (RCL) in conjunction with other Rotary clubs in India, the 10-day operation also saw the visiting doctors saving the life of a three-day old baby. The baby did not have veins in some parts of its body and the specialists reconstructed the veins to keep it alive.
Apart from saving precious lives, the doctors left behind all the equipment they had brought into the country for use at the government referral hospital.
The equipment, which came in 105 boxes and weighed 1,400Kg includes supplies for surgical endoscopy, ear microscopes, eye lenses, eye scanners, gynae equipment, plastic surgery equipment, dental filling materials and many other materials worth millions of Kwachas.
The doctors also made an offer to train 10 specialists from Kamuzu Central Hospital for a period of two to three months in India and treat 15 Malawian patients with heart problems in their country.
Health Minister, Peter Kumpalume, who was guest of honour during a farewell dinner was all thanks to the visiting doctors for their gesture.
Quoting Mother Theresa, the Minister said: “It is not how much we give but how much love we show in giving that matters. Through the services you have provided over the past 10 days, you have touched lives of many families. On behalf of government, I wish to thank you for what you have done.”
The Health Minister also hailed the visitors for renewing their offer to train 10 Malawian doctors in India.
RCL’s immediate past president Sophie Kalinde, who was sitting in for current club president Chris Kapinda described the work done by the Indian specialists, who are also Rotarians as ‘Extraordinary.’
She hailed the Health Ministry and staff of Kamuzu Central Hospital led by hospital director Dr Jonathan Ngoma for welcoming the doctors and providing them with all the necessary support to perform their duties.
Speaking on behalf of the visiting contingent, past president for Rotary International, Rajendra Saboo, whose organisation provided funds for the trip asked the Health Minister to send 10 specialists from KCH to study in India for a period of two to three months with all their expenses in India paid for.
“We would like to add something more on what we have done. We will be happy to receive 15 Malawian children who did not have a chance to receive heart surgery. There is also a 20-year old girl at the hospital with a swollen face resulting from an infection which has been eating away bones of her face. We will be prepared to provide whatever treatment is required to bring her back to normal if she comes to India.”
Saboo also made a fresh offer for the Health Ministry to send 10 specialists from KCH to India for specialist training for a period of up to three months at their (Indians) cost.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :