Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: 400 Polio Patients to Get Free Surgery

An Indian orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Deepak Purohit, last Thursday said that the project was aimed at bringing polio patients from affected areas of the country to access health services, saying he aims to treat not less than 400 patients, whose limbs are affected to correct their deformity, so that they will be able to walk.

According to him, the project is free of charge with the help of Rotarians in India and Nigeria as well as the Rotary Foundation in Nigeria.

The orthopaedic surgeon, who is also the project's chairman, said the transportation of patients, treatment, operation and medicine were free of charge.

He said Indian doctors, local doctors, and Nigeria Rotarians as well as government agencies are working interdependently with each other to give this gesture to the largest section of community, who are poor and not able to afford the treatment.

"Three hundred patients have been examined and about 60 are still waiting for surgery, so in coming days, we hope to perform more surgery to meet our target," he added.

He said, "coordinating with the local hospital is another thing because each hospital has got its own set of rules, but now we have been able to understand them."

The orthopaedic surgeon, who commended the support of local people to health personnel, said the team has already done 55 surgeries and still has a long way to go.

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