Rotary International Medical Team from India that consists of more than 30 doctors in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MoH)
is providing free medical care under the motto “Operation Campaign” from September 30 to October 9, 2013.
The team is offering the free medical service at different hospitals including Minilik II, Yekatit-12, Zeweditu and Debre Birhan Hospitals.
During these days, more than 1,800 patients are expected to get free medical service in these four hospitals.
Though the number of trained and qualified medical personnel is increasing in number in Ethiopia, there still is a huge gap in the demand for medical services.
The “Operation Campaign” aimed at filling this gap not only by offering medical treatment but also training medical personnel in these hospitals so that they could fully and independently offer the services after that.
According to Mohammed Idris, Public Relation for Rotary Medical Mission, the medical team will provide free medical treatment.
The doctors will provide general and laparoscopic surgery, urology and plastic surgery and Gynecology at Zewditu Memorial Hospital, and ENT Surgery at Yekatit 12 Hospital. The free medical service at Menelik II Hospital will be dentistry, eye surgery and medical professionals’ training and about 1,000 cataract operations will take place at Debre Birhan Hospital, according to Mohammed.
The Operation Campaign came about after a request was made for a medical mission by the Rotarians from Ethiopia led by Past District Governor Tadesse Alemu (Dr.). It then materialized by R.K. Saboo, former Rotary International President, with PDG Geeta Manek. Rotary districts in Taiwan, Italy, USA and UAE have also contributed to the campaign as sponsors.
Indian Rotary Districts, under the leadership of R.K. Saboo, have organized over 30 such international campaigns since the late 1990s. In all these years, more than 400 Rotarian doctors have participated in medical missions conducted in countries including Ethiopia, Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Lesotho, Madagascar, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Congo, Malawi and Rwanda, among others.
Meanwhile, in the last 14 years, over 30,000 surgeries in Ophthalmology, Orthopedic, Gynecology, Dental, ENT, General Surgery and Plastic Surgery have been conducted with all the surgical supplies and medicines brought from India to the project host countries, according to data published recently.
To date, Rotary International has contributed more than USD 1.2 billion and volunteer’s hours to the protection of more than two billion children in 122 countries.