Patients Overwhelm Gulu Surgical Camp

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Sister Ruth Atim, the in-charge of theater at St. Marys Hospital Lacor, says they invited 130 people to be operated upon by a team of eight American surgeons who pitched camp at the hospital on Monday.

Patients have overwhelmed the free surgical camp at St. Mary's Hospital Lacor in Gulu district.
 
 
Sister Ruth Atim, the in-charge of theater at St. Mary's Hospital Lacor, says they invited 130 people to be operated upon by a team of eight American surgeons who pitched camp at the hospital on Monday.
 
 
She however, says more than 1,000 patients have turned up for the health camp. Majority of the patients were diagnosed with Keloid, blocked urinary tracks, ear-nose and throat complications while others require facial plastic surgery after suffering burns and injuries.

 

Sister Atim says the beneficiaries of the surgical camp are too poor and couldn't afford paying for the surgical services after their diagnosis. By Thursday, the group had operated on 90 people.


Dr. Davidson Ocen, the head of intensive care unit, says the hospital charges Shillings 100,000 for most of the operations being conducted by the American doctors.

 
35- year- old Peter Okeny, a resident of Oyam Sub County is one of those operated for Keloid. He told Uganda Radio Network that he has lived with the skin bulge for 17 years.
 

 
Also recuperating is 50- year- old Saida Mugul, a resident of Amuru district. She was operated for goiter which she says has taken years on her throat.
 
 
Abigail Hayo is the Uganda coordinator for American medical Mission Foundation, which is conducting the health camp. She says they offer free medical help in Six African Countries including Uganda.

 
It is the seventh year they are working in Northern Uganda because of its unique history. Last year, 107 patients benefited from the surgical camp.