By Alusine Sesay
A team of three German doctors, including Dr. Volker Dreimann, a plastic surgeon specialist, Dr. Tilman Goesing and Dr. Inan Prevsshave, has successfully performed free pediatric surgery on 35 children at the plush Choithram hospital in Freetown.
According to Harish Agnani of the Choithram Foundation, the humanitarian doctors have made several visits to Sierra Leone, performing free pediatric surgeries at both the Connaught hospital and the Princess Christian Maternal Hospital (PCMH), with the current visit being fifth the country.
He said screening was done on 100 children and that 60 were shortlisted, although 35 benefitted from the operations, saving them from several kinds of diseases.
He said the hospital has all the facilities needed for the doctors to perform the surgeries, including a CT Scan which has been installed to diagnose many diseases, thus patients do not have to travel to Ghana to access such facilities as hitherto.
Head of the team, Dr. Morley Wright, who is a retired Sierra Leonean pediatrician, said they have been performing surgeries in Sierra Leone for the past years, and that such was made possible by the Bintumani Society, through the Sierra Leone German Friendship Society.
He said the Bintumani Society was formed in 1998 to render free medical service to people in need and that the Society mainly constitutes Sierra Leoneans resident in German.
He said that in 2010 they decided to raise funds so as to enable them perform free pediatric surgeries in Sierra Leone, as such facilities and expertise were unavailable in the country
Dr. Wright said the surgery was performed on children between the ages of zero, 15 and 17 years, and that the youngest child among the beneficiaries is two months.