Over 200 patients received free eye, dental treatment
By William Madouk Garang
At least 250patients have received free eyes, dental and minor surgery treatment at the Juba Teaching Hospital (JTH). The treatment was initiated by a US-based organization known as Arms of Care International as part of its four days medical mission in combating the above illnesses at the JTH. The initiative was executed by the US-based nonprofit medical service organization in partnership with Trinity Energy an independent and indigenous based firm in South Sudan.
Arms of Care International considered implementing this short medical trips targeting South Sudanese of all ages with diseases pertaining to eyes, dental as well as minor surgery as part of philanthropic work towards the continent.
Speaking to Juba Monitor, the President of Arms of Care International, Dr. Micheal Obiekwe said they were targeting four 400 patients to benefit from the free medical services on humanitarian ground and was going to end today Tuesday.
“We are African who lives in United States we have been there for many years we have our children and grandchildren over there, we came to give back to our continent that what s we are doing,” said Obiekwe.
“We are targeting close to 400 patients so far and today is third day we have treated over 250 patients already so far. We spent so much time organizing to put things in order and we will come to an end on Tuesday 21 of Sept,”he added.
Dr.Obiekwe stressed that people needed help despite the fact that they do not have money, still they should be taken care of.
“People need medical care and people don’t have money to have some eyeglasses. We saw a lady here on Saturday she came over, she said she couldn’t see she couldn’t read. We did some reflection with some eye doctor down there and we gave her eye glasses after testing she was so happy that she could see again” he stressed.
“I discussed with the resident who were with me since morning who indicated their interest. However, if the leadership of hospital expressed their interest we will organize the training in special areas like colonoscopy, cardiologist, lungs specialists to train the residents in these areas where they would indicate their interest. We will not imposed on them they will tell us what they need then we can now talk to our colleagues in United States,” he promised.
He also added that they were ready to extend their services if their host Trinity Energy told them so, adding that the latter knew the areas of focus to be included into consideration.
Arms of Care is a nonprofit medical services organization with the goals of Delivering Primary Healthcare and Wellness Services, Community, Economic and Educational Empowerment to those in need around the world.