Over 100 Children to Get Free Surgery

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Esther Akayos 8- months- old- baby was born with protruding intestines. Akayo says her daughter was operated after birth at Kabarole Regional Referral hospital to create an anus to help the baby pass out stool but she developed complications.

More than 100 children below six years of age with abdominal defects are set to benefit from a free surgical camp at Soroti Regional Referral Hospital. The week long surgical camp is organised by Soroti Regional Referral Hospital in collaboration with Makerere University and University of British Colombia.

 
The beneficiaries are drawn from Soroti, Kaberamaido, Kumi, Mbale, Serere and Ngora districts. Some of the children were diagnosed with diaphragmatic hernia (organs protruding through the chest cavity), exomphalos (organs protruding through the navel) and gastroschisis (organs protruding through the abdominal wall).


Rev. Sister Dr. Mary Margaret Ajiko, the Consultant Surgeon at Soroti Regional Referral Hospital says children with abdominal defect often have complications with passing out stool. According to Dr. Ajiko, the surgical camp targets people who cannot afford to pay for such operation in the private hospitals.
 
 
She says to operate a child suffering from abdominal complication costs a minimum of Shillings five million in a private medical facility. Dr. Emmanuel Batibwe, the Director Soroti Regional Referral Hospital, says they conduct similar surgeries annually since there are many children with abdominal defects.
 

Daniel Michael Ocanit, whose two sons are set to benefit from the surgical camp, says he is excited and happy that his children are finally going to be operated. Ocanit says he failed to secure the required funds to finance the surgical operation of his two children.
 
 
Esther Akayo's 8- months- old- baby was born with protruding intestines. Akayo says her daughter was operated after birth at Kabarole Regional Referral hospital to create an anus to help the baby pass out stool but she developed complications.
 
 
Last year, more than 80 children with abdominal complication benefited from the same surgical camp.