A group of Indian Experts in Surgery have operated over 71 patients during a ten-day medical programme at University Teaching Hospitalof Kigali (CHUK).
The doctors came to Rwanda under the support of Rotary Club International, an organization that supports vulnerable and people with chronic diseases.
The 25 doctors have been in Rwanda since 27 August and will conclude their mission on 6th September 2017.
It is the first time that Rotary Club International has sent in the doctors to Rwanda since Raja Saboo took over the club in 2016-2017.
The Director of CHUK, Dr. Théobald Hategekimana said that having such experienced doctors has helped them a lot.
“The purpose is to help our doctors and students get specialization. It helps them to find out how it is all done elsewhere, improve their capacity and self-confidence,” he said.
He said that the partnership is not limited to Indian doctors but they go beyond and work with doctors from US and England.
“They all come to help us take forward the quality of treatment we provide to Rwandans. When they come, they support us in terms of medicines and materials; it’s a pleasure for us,” he added.
Under the programme, eight Rwandan doctors were trained on how to use anesthesia during surgery services that would last between seven and eight hours.
The head of delegation, Dr. Rajiv Pradhan said that they are proud of the achievements in all years they have been providing such services in Rwanda.
“During the past four rounds of coming to Rwanda, we treated different sicknesses. Like last year we did surgery on brain cases but we hadn’t enough equipment to carry out surgery on people with kidney problems and those with urinary track system problems. So we decided to come back with super speciality team with the target of operating 50 patients but now we have surpassed the number” he said.
He said that Rwanda’s doctors learnt a lot from Indian doctors.
A total of 71 patients were operated on; 44 got urinary system surgery (kidneys, prostate cancer) and 27 received brain surgery.
Rwanda is the first country that India deployed its doctors to provide medical services on five occasions.