Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: 400 Polio Victims to Undergo Corrective Surgeries

About 400 polio victims are to undergo corrective surgeries by a team of 26 Rotarian doctors and volunteers that has arrived in Abuja for a 10-day medical support, former president of Rotary International Rajendra Saboo has said.

The operation is in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health. Saboo said yesterday that the team comprised of 12 orthopaedic surgeons, 5 anaesthesiologists, one pathologist, one general surgeon, and seven non medical volunteers from India.

Saboo said the collaboration tagged: India-Nigerian Rotary Polio Corrective Surgery Project had succeeded in India in helping polio-stricken children by providing corrective surgeries and immunization.

"It is hoped that the children so treated in Nigeria will not only have better quality of life after the surgery but will be messengers for enhanced immunization against polio within the country," he said.

The exercise will hold at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada and Federal Medical Centre, Keffi in Nasarawa State.

He said the sum of N20 million would be used to mobilize the beneficiaries from eight endemic states.

Earlier, the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Ado Mohammad, revealed that 700 victims were picked for the surgery from eight endemic states but 400 were selected for the first phase of the exercise.

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