PLASTIC & RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY CAMP
19th to 22nd MARCH 2015
TAWFIQ HOSPITAL, MALINDI COUNTY
The Lions Club of Mombasa Bahari carried out a very successful MEGA OPERATIVE PLASTIC & RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY CAMP at TAWFIQ HOSPITAL, MALINDI from the 19th to 22nd March 2015.
All patients had been pre screened and patients in need of surgical intervention were identified. The Club team reviewed all the patients and surgical procedures began in earnest on Thursday 19th March 2015 in the afternoon.
DR. ANIL TIBREWALA, a very renowned and highly regarded PLASTIC, RECONSTRUCTIVE and ASTHETIC SURGEON flew in from Mumbai to review and carry out all the Plastic & Reconstructive Surgical procedures. Despite his very busy schedule, Dr. Tibrewala has, for the last 19 years, lent his expertise to the people of the Coast. This year, he carried out 38 major procedures. These included repair of Cleft Lip and Cleft palate, release of burns contractures, excision of massive body growths and skin grafting. Right from outset, Dr. Tibrewala made it very clear that all patients who had been scheduled for surgeries must be done and that there should be no cancellations, unless for medical reasons. This meant that surgeries went on late into the night and yet, he was back to work at 8.00am the following morning. It was this dedication and devotion that was instrumental in the success of this camp.
The response for this camp was overwhelming and it was sad to see many patients turned away due to time constraint. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is a very specialized and expensive exercise and therefore most patients in Kenya cannot afford it. All patients who missed out this year have been promised surgery on a priority basis next year.
Administration of Anaesthesia for all the surgical procedures was in the hands of Lion Dr. Madhu Patel and it was his task to ensure that there were no untoward events during the operations.
It would have been extremely difficult to carry out the surgeries without dedicated Surgical and Anaesthetic technicians and therefore the Medical committee would like to appreciate the staff of the Mombasa Hospital for the excellent work during the camp.
The Medical team was very ably supported by other club members who included Lions Zainul Dar, Tasneem Dar, Sunita Patel, Mary Mwami, Mustafa Dar, Mwami Se-Mayama, Muzaffer and Husseina Essajee. The onus was on these Lions to ensure that everything pertaining to the camp was in place and that there were no shortcomings. Lion Zainul Dar did a commendable job, leading from the front and ensuring that there were no hindrances throughout the camp.
The Club is very grateful to Dr. Imtiaz Ganiwala for taking full responsibility in preparing, packing and dispensing all medicines to the patients. This ensured that no patients were inadvertently deprived of their medicaments, both, prior to and after their operations.
The Lions Club of Mombasa Bahari is very grateful to TAWFIQ HOSPITAL and its Administrator, MR. AHMED ABOUD, for their generosity and support throughout the camp. The staff of Tawfiq Hospital did a commendable job in ensuring that all was well right throughout the camp. Their hard work and dedication is highly appreciated by the club.
To Mr. Ahmed Aboud, we say a big ‘ASANTE SANA’ for all his support and hard work in ensuring the success of this camp. The club has promised Mr. Ahmed that it will return there next February to carry out an even bigger camp at his hospital.
Camps of such magnitude cannot be carried out with generous support from members of our society. The club is highly indebted to FREIGHT FORWARDERS KENYA LTD. for their very generous sponsorship towards this camp. As in the past, they have been our ardent supporters and the Lions Club of Mombasa Bahari highly appreciates their support for the needy and less fortunate members of our society.