The Sunday News
Thobekile Khumalo, Sunday News Reporter
AT least 50 patients are set to benefit from free facial surgeries at Mplio Central Hospital in Bulawayo as part of an outreach programme spearheaded by Operations of Hope Surgical Mission of Zimbabwe.
In an interview, Mpilo Central Hospital spokesperson Mr Ozias Ndlovu said the programme, which started on Sunday, has helped a number of under-privileged people in the community.
“At Mpilo Central Hospital we have a team of surgeons from Operation of Hope, these are specialists coming from United States of America and Canada to do free facial surgeries. This is not the first time they are coming, last year same time they were also here and operated on more than 40 patients. This has impacted positively to our communities,” said Mr Ndlovu.
Operation of Hope gets patients from as far as Masvingo, Mutare and even Zambia coming in for the free surgeries. Operation of Hope chief executive officer Miss Jennifer Trubenbach said that this year, they were expecting to operate on at least 50 patients.
“We are hoping to do at least 40 to 50 patients for the week we are here, depending on how long each surgery takes. Today (yesterday) is screening but we can do some openings in terms of fitting in more patients,” said Miss Trubenbach.
She said they brought a team of 20 two of them surgeons, five anesthesiologists, 20 nurses and three support staff.
“It’s important to know that we do not just help babies but if there is an older person out there that has a split lip we would love to help them too and it’s all free they are never going to pay anything,” said Miss Trubenbach.