More 500 hernias and thyroid patients from across Liberia benefited from medical surgery at the Esther & Jereline Medical Center in Ganta.
The free medical surgery was conducted by a team of surgeons from Spain, representing a humanitarian organization known as “Hernia International” in collaboration with the E&J Medical Center in Ganta.
According to medical report, about 700 registered for hernia operations, but the team was able to conduct about 400 operations, while 200 persons registered for the thyroid operation and about 140 of them were operated.
The team of doctors conducted the operation for a week, beginning Sunday, January 27, 2019 and left the country on Saturday, February 2, 2019, but the rest of the patients are currently undergoing the same operation conducted by Liberian doctors under the supervision of Dr. Peter George, who is also member of Hernia International.
Dr. George also explained some of the patients came from Rivercess, Maryland, Grand Gedeh, Bong and other counties in Liberia.
“Some Liberian doctors were working alongside the visiting doctors,” he said.
This medical mission is the biggest that Hernia International has conducted in Ganta, since they began conducting free medical service in Ganta from mid-2017.
Hernia is very common, especially among men, women and children, but men dominate the list of patients who benefited. Women with umbilical hernia as well as children were also among those seeking treatment.
Since the outreach by Hernia International in 2017, hernia had dominated the medical missions, but with alarming rate of thyroid across the country, the team also deemed it necessary to be included.
At the farewell ceremony, the visiting Spanish doctors were gowned for the job well done.
“We are very happy for the operation and we prayed that Hernia International does not stop coming, because it is costly for poor people like us,” said Janet Gbeadeh, a thyroid patient.
The least for operating hernia in some of the local hospital across Liberia is L$10,000, excluding drugs and the time spent on bed, a situation that has caused many to die because they could not afford the operation cost.
However, the team leader of visiting Dr. Cesar Ramnirez has reaffirmed the organization’s commitment to serving or treating people with hernia across Africa, especially Liberia.
Hernia International provides nearly all the surgical materials, as well drugs for the operation and brings in their radiologists and other experts to enhance the operation.
However, an OB/GYN specialist from the USA has arrived for an assessment tour at the hospital, for possible return to carry on treatment on women and children. Dr. Anthony Sanders from Indianapolis, USA arrived in Liberia on Monday, February 4, 2019 and is currently working alongside Dr. Peter George at the hospital.
Another team of doctors is also expected from USA to work with those that are amputated, to measure their amputated limbs for replacement, Dr. George told the Daily Observer.