Patients turn up for free surgeries in Juba

Patients turn up for free surgeries in Juba
An undated picture of the South Sudan Orthopaedic and Trauma Society conducting an operation on a patient at Juba Military Hospital. [Photo: Courtesy]

More than 100 people turned up for the free surgery campaign at the Juba Military Hospital on Saturday.

The free health service was launched last week by the South Sudan Orthopaedic and Trauma Society. The group of medics will conduct free orthopaedic consultations and surgeries and the exercise has so far noted 10 people have been operated on Saturday.

Alison Dowa Kenyi— one of the beneficiaries—said he was injured in a motorcycle accident last month when one of the Juba-based criminals known as “Toronto boys” tried to grab his handbag while riding on a motorbike too.

“I feel so fine and this is a great assistance that we can get from free surgeries,” Kenyi said after being operated.

Campaign begins

Dr. Brain Madison said they started the surgical reach-out program with two parts including surgeries and the outpatient clinics for consultations.

He said a good number of people had turned up for the first time for Orthopaedic care.

He added that South Sudan Orthopaedic and Trauma Society planned to carry out 10 surgeries a day.

“The number is now more than 10 people so what we are going to do is to keep in touch with them to complete the surgeries,” Madison said.

Dr. Chep Chuot, the Director of Juba Military Hospital, said the hospital has a special consultation, adding that most of the complicated cases were from wounded heroes dating back to 2012.

“In orthopaedic times, operating 10 people in a day is not simple work, but I know very well they are determined and they will complete these cases,” he said.

Dr. Chuot said some of the challenges facing the hospital are the presence of many complicated orthopaedic cases both within the wards and outpatients.

“We have very few orthopaedic surgeons. Also, there are two and the most required gadgets for our team to work. They need an orthopaedic set that should be more than 10 so that they can carry out their work easily.”

He added that the team did not have the instrument and that the most pressing issue at the moment is the need to address the financial constraints.

Dr. Chuot said the defense health service at Juba Military Hospital was ready to provide necessary services to the citizens, saying most of the complicated cases shall be handled by the orthopaedic association in the country.

“It is for free at the Juba Military Hospital and Juba Teaching Hospital with a limited number of days,” he said.

Dr. Chuot appealed to the citizens to seize the opportunity to get the planned free health services.