Over 100 register for free cleft lip surgery

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By Daniel Sabiiti

 Rwandan patients who do not have access to advanced surgeries can benefit from Operation Smile.


Rwandan patients who do not have access to advanced surgeries can benefit from Operation .

Rwandans with cleft and gap disorders who missed the opportunity to get surgery will once again this year have another chance to get free surgery once registered on time.

The annual opportunity will be provided by visiting American specialist surgeons at Gitwe Hospital in Ruhango district from October 5-19, 2016.

“So far 100 residents have registered from across the country, and most of them are women. There registration is still on and we are expecting more patients this year around” said Dr. Zacharie Rukemba, the Gitwe hospital director.

Dr. Rukemba said that the media has played a major role of informing the communities and patients from neighboring countries have benefited from the programme .

Last year, we had patients from Burundi and Uganda and they were happy to witness how Rwandan government has improved health services under the leadership of President Kagame. This is a good for us and our neighbors” he said.

The American doctors have maintained cooperation with Gitwe hospital since 2005 and an average of 100 people have been treated every year.

Each year, the doctors treat an average of 30- 50 patients per week according to the previous track records.

The team of surgeons will be comprised of 10 specialists from different U.S. states including California, Texas, New York and others under a charity outreach programme.

At least 10 Rwandan specialists working at Gitwe hospital will also benefit from the programme as they will undergo an onsite training during the two and half weeks agenda.

 

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