Thursday, 3 October 2013

Genocide survivors get surgical treatment

m_Genocide survivors get surgical treatment

Rwanda Genocide survivors, who have for last 19 years lived with the scars and wounds from cuttings of machetes due to the 1994 genocide, will now have a reason to smile after getting free surgery courtesy of Rotary Medical Mission.

The survivors will in the next ten days get plastic surgery from 17 highly-experienced plastic surgeons from India and Nigeria who will be conducting the medical treatment at the University Central Hospital of Kigali (CHUK) in Kigali city.

Big numbers of genocide victims, coming from across the country, queued up to receive treatment and according to the surgeons team leader, Ranjit Bhatia, from India; the team will ensure that each of them gets attention and medical help within the given timeline.

The exercise is organised by the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, as well as Rotary clubs from Kigali, India and Nigeria. Surgeries to be carried out include different types of reconstructive surgery, hand surgery, microsurgery, and the treatment of burns

Reports indicate that at least 2,900 people disfigured during the Genocide, and some of them have been living with the stigma with lack of access to the expensive medical treatment.

Last year, the same team operated on more than 230 patients, including 15 children who were flown to Fortis Hospital in India for heart surgeries. Bhatia said all the operations were successful.

According to Dr Theobald Hategekimana, the director of CHUK hospital, the support of the medics is enormous since most of the victims cannot afford the treatment and yet the country still faced shortage in this kind of expertise.

One of the patients, Maritah Kamuyumbu, 65, Ruhango District, in Southern Province said she travelled all the way (estimated 70 kilometers) to seize the opportunity. She said that her itching scar on her chest as well as a concussion on her head have caused social stigma and she had failed to get treatment due to poverty.

With a blissful smile on her face, she thanked God for the coming of the surgeons and said that she was hopeful that the surgery will be a success.

Genocide survivors get surgical treatment


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