Several people suffering from hernia and who were screened last December, during the Sathya Sai World Organization general medical camp at Yonibana, are at present undergoing free surgical operations at the Choithrams Memorial Hospital, Hill Station in Freetown.
About 60 hernia operations would be carried out from 2-9 November.
Mr Jacob Kanu, the executive chairman of ‘Alphasorie Trust’ which was formed 18 months ago to assist Sierra Leoneans in various sectors, said sufferers of the disease in Freetown were also privileged to the free treatment.
He explained that, “the Sathya Sai World Organization based in India is a non-religious, non-denominational organization which looks after the needy all over the world in various sectors.”
Giving a background about the medical surgical camp he said, “Sathya Sai World Organization’s central coordinator for Africa, Victor S Kanu and I, formed what we called the Alphasorie Trust of Yonibana.”
This Trust, he said, “invited the Sathya World Organization to do a number of activities here [in Sierra Leone]. We started with a general medical camp in Yonibana where 5,600 patients were treated free of charge.”
He also heightened that over 5,000 mosquito nets, clothing, school bags were distributed,” adding that a feeding programme was also undertaken.
During the general medical camp that took place in December last year at Yonibana, he explained that, “the doctors identified 106 hernia patients but could not undertake any surgical operations because the facilities were absent…now they have come with specialized doctors for the hernia operations.”
Mr Kanu explained that, “this time the focus is a surgical camp for hernia and Choithrams Memorial Hospital has graciously offered its facilities in the form of theaters, wards and medical assistants, so that surgical operations are carried out successfully, free of charge.”
The Alphasorie Trust chairman noted that the doctors of Sathya Sai World Organization paid their own fares; brought in all these drugs and equipment into the country, and that they were giving them free of charge to the people of Sierra Leone.
He also explained that the patients were transported from Yonibana to the Choithrams hospital where they underwent surgical operations, adding that during this period they were fed and taken care of at the expense of the organization.
The medical surgical camp programmes coordinator, Mrs Devi Patel, explained that after the operations patients were given a package of drugs together with a medical history sheet which they would take to Yonibana, for future medical purpose.
She also explained that “a mesh is also planted inside the patients which will prevent the disease from future occurrence”, adding that “we observed that some of the patients had gone through hernia operations before.”
Mrs Patel commended the Indian community in Sierra Leone and the Choithrams hospital for their tremendous assistance in making the medical surgical camp a success.