Happy New Year! I hope this note finds you in good spirits as we begin the new year, with my prayers that God would grant you and yours good health and your hearts’ desires in 2016!
Thanks for all you did plus your prayers that helped us to successfully complete our ANPA certified surgical/medical mission at Owerri, Nigeria, December 14-23, 2015, in collaboration with Imo Medical Mission, Inc and the Imo State government via Imo Foundation. Our multidisciplinary team included US/UK based and Nigeria health care providers, most of whom were ANPA members!
Overall, the medical team attended to over 2,500 people, and aired an educational program on renal disease over the radio. The Opthalmology team performed close to 50 eye procedures (cataracts) under very challenging conditions. The rest of the surgical team based at the hospital performed about 90 cases, also under challenging conditions, since this was the first surgical/medical mission at the new location. Types of cases performed included VP shunts and other non-complex neurosurgical procedures, parotidectomies and complex oral maxillofacial procedures for neoplasms, thyroidectomies for large goiters, mastectomies, breast lump excisions, chest tube placement with chemical pleurodesis and removal for malignant effusion, myomectomies, hysterectomies, laparotomy with lysis of adhesions, large ventral and incisional hernia repairs with mesh, inguinal hernia repairs, pediatric inguinal and umbilical hernia repairs, large lipomas resection, several “lumps & bumps” excisions, rectal exam under anesthesia with biopsy, hemorrhoidectomy, plastic surgery procedures, to mention a few.
These services were very essential since the doctors and nurses at the Federal Medical Center Owerri, that normally provide the majority of health care in the city, were on strike. So the people, especially the poor, had limited places to access care, thus our presence was life saving and warmly welcomed.
I hope this report will encourage you to continue your commitment to support, volunteer, and serve the underprivileged worldwide. Thank you so much to all who participated (sorry space doesn’t permit me to list each of you) and may God continue to enrich you. I want to also encourage others to join us in the future. Feel free to share this with other people and invite them to see more on www.imomedicalmission.org.
By God’s grace, an ANPA-sponsored medical mission will be happening this year with your support.
Cliff Eke, MD, FACS, FICS
Chair, ANPA Medical Mission Committee