Rotary surgeons to perform 1 000 Zim operations

HARARE - A three-member delegation of Rotarians is in Zimbabwe to assess Manicaland’s health needs in preparation for a 10-day medical mission targeting at least 1 000 patients this May.

The team, which is part of an international network of people in charity work, revealed that the surgeries and other related services will be provided for free by 25 doctors from India.

“After meeting ministers (Health and Information deputy minister), medical directors and district medical officers, we now have an idea of what is needed,” Rajiv Pradhan, Rotary International past district governor and consulting pathologist told journalists in Harare yesterday.

“And during the first half of May, we hope to perform 350 to 400 eye surgeries, 400 dental surgeries, over 50 general practitioners’ consultations, 75 to 80 gynaecological surgeries and over 50 optical surgeries. We hope that cooperation between the two countries will increase.”

According to Pradhan, the team will come up with 800 000 kilogrammes of medical supplies, which is the maximum they are allowed to bring in.

“We are bringing most of what we need and will only ask items we are not allowed to travel with,” he said.

“Local doctors can also work with us and gain more experience so they are better equipped to do those surgeries in future.”

Kenneth Chibesakunda, Rotary International governor for district 9210 covering Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Northern Mozambique, said the mission comes as a response to a plea by Health and Child Care minister David Parirenyatwa.

“They always do these missions elsewhere but this is the first time they are coming to Zimbabwe,” Parirenyatwa said.

“After the mission is done, they will leave behind all equipment and remaining medicines.”

Ranjit Bhatia, also a former governor for the organisation, said, “We have another programme running where children with holed hearts can be sent to India for free correctional surgery.”

Comments (2)

THis is a good initiative.I wonder y there is a limit to what they are allowed to bring in.Are we actually giving limits to the amount of medical help that we want hmmmm

Mcc - 24 January 2015

While the first family go abroad for treatment God help us

zimbabwe is mine - 24 January 2015

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