The doctors just concluded a two-week medical mission with an average of 500 patients seen a day between Sir Yahaya general hospital in Birnin Kebbi and another in Zuru, LGA. An average of 300 patients had surgical intervention which commenced on the 25th of October, 2016.
The Co-founder of Moses Lake Medical Team, USA, Dr Lateef Olaniyan, said patients battling with diabetes, cervical cancer, hypertension, hernia and dental disease were among targeted beneficiaries of the outreach. Olaniyan said laboratory technicians were also available to diagnose patients in order to ease the doctors’ operations and speed up the process.
His excellency, the Executive Governor of Kebbi State, Sen. Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, some cabinet members and Barr. Y. C. Maikyau SAN, received the delegation of 35 doctors in Abuja on the 21st of October, 2016. The team also supported cancer awareness efforts of the wife of the governor Dr Zainab Bagudu in Abuja before traveling to Birnin Kebbi.
On the 23rd of October, 2016, the Deputy Governor of Kebbi, Rtd. Col. Sama’ila Yombe in a reception for the team in Birnin Kebbi stated that “The surgical operation is free; it is an assistance to patients suffering from various ailments who can hardly afford the cost of the treatment".
The Moses Lake Medical team provided a donation of surgical materials and equipment plus medical supplies worth $500,000.00 with the support of a fundraiser by the likes of American Footballer, K.J. Bright providing donations in the U.S.
Nigerian doctors based in Kebbi and Sokoto are also performing surgeries and assisting the team during the process. Doctors of note include Dr. Aminu Bunza, Dr. Abubakar Kaoje, Dr. Zubairu, Dr. Nasir, Dr. Kangiwa, Dr. Jamil amongst others. Such teamwork has provided local doctors and nurses an opportunity to some training and
imbibing principles of best practices.
Olaniyan commended the state government and Nigeria Medical Association for its support and assistance, describing it as the first of its kind to the team since the commencement of its missions in Nigeria. The last time the team were in Nigeria was in 2008.
The Moses Lake Medical Team is a non-profit public charity organisation established to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities around the world by providing medical care, public health education, medical equipment and supplies.
Governor Bagudu has expressed gratitude on behalf of his administration and the people of Kebbi to all stakeholders for their efforts towards making the mission a success.
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KEBBI STATE, NIGERIA