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Over 770 Patients Seek Medical Help at Mulago Free Surgical Camp

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over 770 patients seek medical help at mulago free surgical camp
over 770 patients seek medical help at mulago free surgical camp
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In Kampala, Uganda, more than 770 patients arrived on the first day of a week-long free surgical camp organized by Mulago Specialized National Referral Hospital to mark this year’s independence day.

Dr. Nobert Orwotho, the Surgical Director at the hospital, reported that each of the 16 surgical specialists saw around 4 to 5 patients on the opening day. Dr. Orwotho anticipates that, on average, each specialist will see five patients daily, totaling 60 to 70 patients daily. The hospital has observed a significant number of patients seeking orthopedic surgery, Ear, Nose, and Throat surgery, particularly in children with breathing difficulties and airway blockages, and Gastrointestinal tract surgery.

Dr. Rosemary Byanyima, the Acting Executive Director of the hospital, emphasized the importance of showcasing the surgical services available to Ugandans. She explained that regional referral hospitals handle minor surgical cases, while patients with specialized surgical conditions are referred to specialists for treatment. Additionally, the camp aims to raise awareness among Ugandans about the hospital’s comprehensive surgical services, potentially reducing the need for individuals to seek overseas treatment and raise funds or sell property for surgeries that can be performed at Mulago.

Julius Baguma, hailing from Butooke Village in Kyegegwa, arrived at Mulago early in the morning to receive eye treatment. He had undergone eye surgery at the same hospital a month earlier and expressed his gratitude for the operation, noting that he can now read small fonts, which was challenging before the surgery.