Mulago Hospital Aims to Perform 4,000 Surgeries in Weeklong Medical Camp

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Mulago National Referral Hospital is on a mission to perform more than 4,000 surgeries during a special weeklong medical camp. The camp, organized in celebration of the nation’s 61st Independence Day, began with a mix of complex and minor surgeries on Monday, attracting over 2,000 patients in need of various medical procedures.

Dr. Rosemary Byanyima, the Acting Executive Director of Mulago National Referral Hospital, expressed the facility’s dedication to providing vital healthcare to the community. An important aspect of this initiative is the setup of 18 tents to offer free treatment and surgeries to those in need.

Byanyima stated, “We are evaluating all patients during the camp, and those needing further treatment will be scheduled for surgeries in the upcoming weeks.”

She also mentioned that more than 100 surgeons are ready to perform various types of surgeries, including neurosurgery, orthopedic, ear, nose, and throat procedures, eye surgeries, plastic and reconstructive surgeries, pediatric surgeries, gastrointestinal tract surgeries, oral surgeries, urology procedures, colorectal surgeries, endocrine treatments, rehabilitative surgeries, anesthesia, and organ transplants.

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The medical experts providing care come from Makerere University College of Health Sciences and other healthcare facilities.

Dr. Norbert Orwotho, a consultant surgeon specializing in orthopedic and spine surgery, pointed out the lack of awareness about available healthcare services among communities. He noted that camps like this help raise awareness of the services provided at Mulago National Referral Hospital.

Patients Share Their Experiences

Nabirye, a two-year-old with a broken limb, said, “Some of the districts where we live do not have such services, and most of us end up visiting herbalists. By the time we come to the hospital, it is often too late.”

Fred Ahumuza, a caretaker of a 79-year-old, said, “My mother has been suffering from a complication that I don’t understand. She cannot swallow any food and only takes fluids. But it wasn’t until I came here that I discovered she has gastrointestinal disorders.”

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