Nigeria is one of the three remaining endemic countries in the world along with Pakistan and Afghanistan, and as long as there is even one country in the world affected by polio, it would continue to endanger the lives of the children everywhere, he said.
This polio corrective surgery project is different; since it is for the first time a single specialty surgical team is going to Africa. “Certain sections of the population in Nigeria, which is still a polio endemic country, are resisting immunization efforts due to several misconceptions, and we hope that an initiative like polio corrective surgeries would help us send a strong message to the people and create an atmosphere of faith in this world-wide efforts to immunize children against polio,” Mr Saboo informed.
The team of Rotarian doctors includes 12 ortho-surgeons, five anesthesiologists, one pathologist, one general surgeon, and five volunteers from Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chandigarh, Himachal, Haryana, Maharashtra, Kerala and Uttrakhand.
“India as a country was always looked upon as a nation that would be looking for help from the outside help but with a whole lot of talent and expertise available in the medical field, the medical mission provided us the opportunity to reach across the borders with medical care for the people in need,” Saboo added.
The doctors from India would be taking along specialized surgical equipment, medical supplies and would also train the local doctors in the procedures as well as making of prosthetic limbs. Earlier multi-speciality medical missions went to Uganda, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Swaziland, Cambodia, Madagascar, Lesotho, Congo, Rwanda, etc. besides major medical camps have been organised by the team of doctors in the interiors of Madhya Pradesh.
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