Liberty Dube Post Correspondent
TWENTY-ONE specialist surgeons from India are expected to troop into the country on February 27 and offer free medical services to patients with various ailments at Mutare Provincial Hospital.
The free medical mission is a Rotary International project put together by three clubs – the Rotary Club of Chitungwiza, Rotary Club of Chandigarh (India) and Rotary Club of Mutare.
The Indian team will be complemented by more than 12 local specialists until the end of their mission on March 6.
Local coordinator Mr Job Torindoh said preparations for the mission were at advanced stage.
“We are happy with the preparations. We are in the right direction, though we need to spruce up certain areas. Several district hospitals across the country have some equipment which is lying idle and we are happy with how the Ministry of Health and Child Care has intervened, especially by taking the equipment to Mutare Provincial Hospital so that scores of patients benefit from the free medical assistance,” said Mr Torindoh.
Mr Torindoh said the Indian surgeons were not coming to carry out diagnosis, but to attend to pre-screened patients.
The doctors last conducted mission work in 2015 when they carried out about 1 100 individual surgeries against a set a target of 800. Patients were screened before undergoing the necessary operations.
An advance team from India led by Rotarian Mr Madhukar Malhotra was in the country last year and visited Mutare to assess medical facilities at provincial referral hospital and its capacity to carry out surgical and orthopedics, among other operations.