By Jerry William Ochieng,
Non-Government Organizations have invested human and financial resources in a one-week surgical camp at the Siaya County Referral and Bondo Sub-County hospitals to repair and correct fistula patients and other ailments such as fibroid, goitre, thyroids ending this Friday.
Matibabu Foundation and Amref Health Africa have supported the surgical camps and sourced for gynaecologists and general surgeons from United States of America whom they posted in the two institutions of health to handle patients with different ailments through out the week thereby boosting to a great extent the initiatives already put in place by the County Government of Siaya.
Hundreds of patients seeking treatment from various ailments have been flocking the health facilities since the beginning of the week seeking to undergo surgery on fistula and fibroids goitre cases that have for years been booked and not attended to by the facility doctors.
According to Matibabu Foundation Surgical Camp Coordinator Paschalia Obango, the organization have formed a tripartite partnership with Amref Africa, TIBA Foundation and The Department of Health in the Siaya Government to mount the medical camps with a view to reducing long lists of patients suffering cysts, heinous, and fibroids.
“So far over 200 people with different surgical ailments have been screened with 20 patients already undergoing surgical processes, treated and discharged,” said Obango adding that the medical camps in the regions aims at reversing the negative health indicators that have painted the region in bad light.
The plan to undertake the medical camps was mooted last year after an assessment of the major health facilities within the county established a long list of surgical patients booked for years but not attended to over time.
Mrs. Obango says that Matibabu Foundation have done two camps in Yala sub-county hospitals earlier this year where 90 patients of different surgical ailments were treated adding already 20 patients has been repaired and discharged.
“Some of the patients we have treated in the camp have come from as far as Chuka, Nyatike and Malindi areas but unfortunately, we are overwhelmed and have not been able to attend to all patients especially those who need special treatment like urology and orthopaedic cases,” said Mrs. Obango.
She however regretted the many patients suffering cervical cancer and who could not be treated in these medical camps because of their advanced stages of infection and had to be referred. The Amref Africa doing surgery camp at Siaya Referral Hospital as from Monday have done over 150 fistula surgery cases within the week.
The Amref Health Africa through their regional manager John Kutna have sourced medical practitioners in various fields to check, treat and prescribe medication to the patients during the medical camp week. The ongoing medical camps will end this Friday.
The Siaya County Health Executive Hon. Dorothy Owino, while supervising the exercise during the week hailed the many private public partnership initiatives in the region which she lauded for supplementing the efforts by the county government to improve the health indicators within the county through reduction of disease burdens. The executive pledged the government’s help in such efforts and welcomed even more partners for related initiatives.
COUNTY GOVERNMENT OF SIAYA